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Understanding Guardianship in Family Law

If a child is left without a biological parent to care for him or her, someone can step in and become the legal guardian. Guardianship of a child allows a person to care for a minor and make decisions on his or her behalf.

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Guardianship is very different from child custody, despite what many people assume. Guardianship (for minors) typically involves a scenario where there is no living parent. With child custody battles the cases involve living parents or family members that are fighting to gain custody of a child due to an estranged relationship.
In another situation, families can protect their incompetent adult child by establishing a guardianship. This could occur if the incompetent adult child can no longer care for themselves. If you need assistance with this situation, please consider contacting our attorney for help.
There are many factors surrounding choosing a guardian. The person you choose must be 18 years of age or older, be physically able to care for the child, be financially able to raise the child or care for an incapacitated adult child, either through the parent’s assets or his or her own finances, and should have a personal interest in the situation.

If, as the parent, you are making the choice to name a guardian for your child or children in your will, you should consider all aspects of the person’s life, such as where he or she lives, if he or she has other children, and if you share similar values with that person. You want to make sure you are making the best decision for your child.
If you need help with guardianship or estate planning, be sure to contact our lawyer in Raleigh NC at Eldreth Law Firm, PLLC. We can assist you with all your legal issues.

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If you haven’t appointed a guardian and need to update your estate plan, or you haven’t reviewed your documents in several years, now might be the best time to do so, now The beginning of the year is a great time to start updating or planning.  Our lawyer in Raleigh NC is here to help you get your estate planning in order and ready should you pass in an untimely manner or become incapacitated at some point. It’s better to be safe than sorry when it comes to an estate plan. Contact us to get started estate planning, today.
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