How to Become a Legal Guardian
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How Do I Become a Legal Guardian?
A legal guardian is someone who is entrusted with making legal decisions on behalf of a person who is unable to do so for themselves. This usually includes children, minors, and persons who have been incapacitated or who have a limiting condition. Becoming a legal guardianship usually involves the following steps:
- Fill out the necessary paperwork- this may involve a background check
- Be able to prove that the person needs a legal guardian (i.e., they are incapacitated or legal unable to make decisions on their own)
- Submit the paperwork to the court
- Provide the necessary proofs and evidence required by the court when they investigate your claim
After these steps have been completed, the judge will review the claim and either grant or deny guardianship accordingly.
Can a Guardianship Agreement Be Modified or Reversed?
When the guardianship arrangement is granted, the court will typically issue a guardianship agreement. This outlines various factors, including the names of the parties, the scope of the guardian’s authority, and the expiration date of the guardianship arrangement.
In some cases, a guardianship may need to be modified or reversed. Reversing a guardianship agreement often involves some of the same steps as obtaining one in the first place. The parties will need to document their needs and requirements, and will need to provide evidence in support of the claims.
Violations of guardianship agreements can lead to legal liability, especially if the violation has resulted in injury or financial loss.
Do I Need a Lawyer for Help with Legal Guardian Issues?
Legal guardianship laws can vary widely depending on the state. It’s in your best interests to hire a lawyer if you need help with guardianship issues or with other related family law matters. Your attorney can help guide you through the process and can also represent you in the event of a legal dispute.
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Last Modified: 01-10-2014 12:38 PM PST
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