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We Are Committed to Helping Clients Become Legal Guardians

At Gent & Lingerfelt, PLLC, our dedicated team of family law attorneys understand an unfortunate situation may require you or your spouse to become a legal guardian. You may need to provide care for a loved one in your life, whether this person is a child, disabled, or a senior family member.

We know that petitioning for guardianship of a person or child can be overwhelming if you are not familiar with the law. This is why we are here to answer all of your questions so you can make informed decisions. Our attorneys are highly familiar with state and federal guardianship laws, and we can help you resolve your case.

Get in touch with our guardianship lawyers in Kaufman today if you need help seeking legal guardianship for:

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

Let us help you with your guardianship matters. Reach out to our Kaufman law office for a case consultation today at (972) 200-3606.

Reasons to Pursue Guardianship

There are several different types of guardianship. Courts may appoint a guardian for the following people:

  • Minor Children: There may be a minor child in your life who is not your own and needs you to make important decisions about their healthcare and schooling. In this case, you will need to file for legal guardianship.
  • Disabled Family Members: You may need to make medical decisions on behalf of a family member with a disability or mental illness. To do so, you must first petition for guardianship.
  • Senior Family Members: 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 financial decisions, insurance, health care, and more.

FAQs Regarding Legal Guardianship

What does it mean to be a legal guardian?

When the court appoints you as a legal guardian of a person, you have the legal authority to care and make decisions for that 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.

What are the responsibilities of a legal guardian?

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

Is legal guardianship different than adoptions?

Just because a person becomes a legal guardian, 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. 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.

Can legal guardianship be terminated?

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 a guardianship case? 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. 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.

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


 

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