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Guardianship Attorneys in Kaufman

We Are Committed to Helping Clients Become Legal Guardians

At Gent & Lingerfelt, PLLC, our dedicated team of attorneys understand that an unfortunate situation may come up that requires you or your spouse to become a legal guardian in order to provide care for a loved one in your life. We know that petitioning for guardianship of a person or child can be overwhelming if you are not familiar with the law, which is why we are here to answer all of your questions so you can make informed decisions.

Get in touch with our law firm today if you need help seek guardianship for any of the following:

  • Disabled Persons
  • Senior Adults
  • Children & Minors
  • Legally-Appointed Caretakers

Reasons to Pursue Guardianship

Becoming a legal guardian of a loved one can benefit you in the following situations:

  • Caring for a Minor Child: If there is a minor child in your life who is not your own and needs you to make important decisions about their healthcare and schooling, you will need to file for legal guardianship.
  • Caring for a Family Member with a Physical or Mental Illness: If you want to make medical decisions for family member with a disability or mental illness, you must first petition for guardianship.
  • Caring for a Senior Family Member: We understand that as members of your family get older, it might become too difficult for them to manage their day-to-day activities on their own. If you become the legal guardian of a senior in your life, you can assist them with their finances, insurance, medications, and more.

FAQs Legal Guardianship

Question: What is a legal guardian?

A: When you become a legal guardian, the court gives you the legal authority to care and make decisions for another person. The individual under the guardianship is called a “ward.” Legal guardians are supposed to care for their ward’s personal property and interests. Most people seek legal guardianship for an incapacitated senior, an adult with a disability, and minor children.

Question: What are the responsibilities of a legal guardian?

A: Legal guardians are responsible for the following duties:

  • Providing food and shelter
  • Buying clothes
  • Caring for the ward’s physical and emotional health
  • Protecting the ward from safety hazards

Question: Is legal guardianship different than adoptions?

A: Just because a person becomes a legal guardian, it does not mean that the legal relationship that exists between a child and their biological parents ends. Instead, the adoption arrangement exists alongside the legal relationship between the biological parents and child.

When a person is adopted, it permanently changes the legal relationship between a child and the biological parents because the biological parents give up all of their parental rights and obligations. Once a child has been adopted, the biological parent is no longer responsible for child support payments.

Question: Is guardianship permanent?

A: Whether guardianship is permanent or not depends on the order issued by the court. When it comes to minor children, most legal guardianships end when the child turns 18. A guardianship can also be ended if the guardian becomes incapacitated and is unable to care for the ward. Some legal guardianships are meant to be temporary for emergency situations.

Talk to Our Experienced Guardianship Attorneys Today

Do you have more questions about petitioning for guardianship of a loved one if your life? If so, you should visit our law firm to find out how we can assist with your case. Our attorneys are committed to helping clients throughout Kaufman, and we are here to walk you through every step of the legal process so you can rest assured that your rights and interests are fully protected. Don’t hesitate, give us a call today.

Call (972) 200-3606 to schedule your case consultation with a lawyer at our law firm.


 

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