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Guardianship in California

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Guardianship is a very delicate and complex matter to handle, which is why it is best left up to legal professionals. At Green, Stewart & Paul Attorneys at Law, our estate planning lawyers in Pasadena can handle your guardianship matter quickly and efficiently.

What is a Guardianship?

A guardian is a court-appointed person who cares for a minor who either has no parent or whose parent(s) is/are incapacitated. Guardianships can ensure that a court will not appoint strangers to care for your children.

What Decisions Can a Guardian Make?

Guardians can make all the decisions regarding the physical care of the child that a parent typically would, and are responsible for providing food, clothing, shelter, safety, and protection of the child as well as nurturing the child’s physical and emotional growth and providing medical, dental, educational, and any special needs.

Guardians are trusted to spend the necessary time to manage the many support services that may be essential to your child and to advocate for, and monitor, the public, financial, and medical benefits that may be key to his/her welfare.

Are there Different Types of Guardianships?

There are two types of guardianships. One is guardianship of the person, where a person would care for the child’s needs. The second type is guardianship of the estate, where a person would take care of the minor child’s property including inheritance, money, investments, and other property.

What is the Difference Between a Guardianship & a Conservatorship?

A conservatorship is typically for an adult who cannot care for himself/herself due to physical or mental limitations and is normally set up after a person turns 18 years of age. A guardianship is for minor children under the age of 18. Guardianships are necessary for all minor children whose parents cannot care for them regardless of whether that child has any physical and mental limitations.

To learn more about guardianship and how we can help you, feel free to contact our estate planning attorneys in Pasadena and schedule a case evaluation today at (626) 325-0770.

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