Guardianship

Guardianship is an important legal tool that allows a responsible adult to request custody of a minor when his/her parents are unable or unwilling to care for this minor.  The process entails a court proceeding in which a judge appoints a guardian based on several considerations: A petition for appointment of guardian; the parent’s wishes; a court investigation; the child’s best interests.  Once appointed by the court A guardian has the legal right to make decisions on behalf of the child. 

Nomination of a Guardian

 

A estate planning legal tool that allows you to designate who you would like to take care of your child when you pass away or become unable to care for your child.  The person you designate will still need to petition the court to award legal guardianship, but nominating guardian is a way to make sure the court knows you wishes. 

 

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