11 November 2011 0 Comments

Guardianships

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I’ve been asked to explain what a guardianship is.  It gives an individual the authority and responsibility to act on behalf of a minor child or an incapacitated person.  It is established through a court process.

You ask, “Why would I need a guardian?”  The most common reasons include:

 ·     To protect the interests of your minor child in the event you no longer can.  A guardian can protect the personal, medical and financial interests of your child and is usually a family member or trusted friend.

·    To protect the interests of an elderly person.  A guardian can protect the personal, medical and financial interests of an elderly person who is deemed incompetent.  This, too, can be a family member or trusted friend.

The process of establishing a guardianship is not easy; many statutory requirements have to be met.  If you are considering establishing a guardianship for your child or loved one, contact a Riverside Family Law attorney who is familiar with cases such as this and will assist you in navigating through the process.

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