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A guardian is a legal adult who takes responsibility for an individual
who is incapable of making serious decisions for him or herself. Typically,
guardians are appointed to children under the age of 18, though people
may also act as guardians for adults with special needs or elderly individuals
with mental problems. Guardianship may be established after a child’s
parents die, or if they are no longer able to care for the child. If you
are dealing with a guardianship issue, dispute, or simply wish to establish
legal guardianship over a child you care for, our firm can help.
At Lord Hoosier, PLLC, our attorneys understand how complex family legal
matters can be. For more than 20 years, our lawyers have provided the
people of Charleston with reliable, trustworthy legal help, and we want
to help you too. We have a proven track record of success and are proud
of our pristine reputation in and out of the community. Whether you need
help establishing guardianship, transferring guardianship, or dealing
with some other type of family law dispute, we can help.
Ready to get started? Call (304) 605-2026 to schedule a free consultation
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Guardians are responsible for making essential decisions on behalf of another
person, their ward. The ward is usually a minor, a child under the age
of 18. However, the ward might also be an adult who is incapable of making
important decisions, usually becomes of some type of disability. Guardians
are responsible for several things, including the ward’s medical
care, education, living situation, finances, and daily necessities, including
toys, food, clothing, and so on.
In New Jersey, guardianship can be appointed by the court or the individual’s
parent. Usually, the court appoints guardianship over a child when his
or her parents are deceased or incapable of providing the child with adequate
care. This often happens in cases of domestic violence, abuse, or neglect.
Typically, the court prefers appointing family members as guardians, especially
those who have a standing relationship with the ward. However, any adult
could qualify for guardianship in West Virginia, pending court approval.
If you wish to file for guardianship, you must file a petition with your
circuit court. The court will then begin an investigation, after which
point the hopeful guardian will testify in front of the court. If the
court deems the guardianship to be in the best interest of the child,
the guardianship will be granted.
To speak with an attorney about establishing guardianship for a child or
disabled adult, contact Lord Hoosier, PLLC
and schedule a consultation with our Charleston family lawyers.