Guardianship Attorney in Santa Clarita

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A guardianship is a court-ordered privilege in which a person other than a parent is given custody of a minor child, power to manage a child’s property, or both. Unlike a conservatorship which is used to appoint someone to provide care for an elderly or disabled individual, guardianships are used in situations where no parent is available to meet a child’s needs due to the parents’ death, disability, abandonment, military service, incarceration, or other reasons. If you are interested in becoming a legal guardian for a child, our Santa Clarita guardianship lawyers at The Werner Law Firm can provide solid guidance and help you navigate through the appropriate legal channels.

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  • Attorney of the Year Award by the SCV Bar Association
  • Top 40 Under 40 by SCV Business Journal
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What Are the Responsibilities of a Guardian?

There are two types of probate guardianships in California: guardianship of the person and guardianship of the estate. Guardians of the person have the same responsibilities of a parent in regards to ensuring the physical care of a child, while guardians of the estate are tasked with managing a child’s assets until the child’s 18th birthday. Relatives, family friends, or other persons with an interest in the child’s wellbeing may be considered as possible legal guardians for a minor.

A legal guardian must provide a child with the following:

  • Food, clothing, and housing
  • Safety and protection
  • Physical and emotional support
  • Medical and dental care
  • Education and any other special needs
  • Manage the child’s money and property
  • Make smart investments on the child’s behalf

A guardian can be appointed to have any combination of these responsibilities depending on the situation, though in some cases the courts may split these duties between two people. It is important to note that guardianships are not the same as adoption, as parents will still maintain their parental rights and the guardianship can be ended if a parent or parents should become able to care for the child.

Contact The Werner Law Firm Today

If you are interested in becoming a guardian for a minor child, it is important you get in touch with one of our knowledgeable attorneys from The Werner Law Firm to maximize your chances of securing a favorable outcome for your situation. Our guardianship attorneys have served countless clients throughout Santa Clarita, Los Angeles, Simi Valley, Pasadena, Lancaster, Bakersfield, Encino, and the surrounding areas for nearly 40 years, providing us with the skills and knowledge you need to ensure your best interests are protected during this time. Backed by many positive client testimonials and a proven history of results, your case is sure to be in excellent hands.

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