If you know a child whose parents cannot care for them, it may be necessary to establish a guardianship. Strongly consider enlisting the help of an attorney when doing so.
There are several reasons why establishing a guardianship for a minor in California may be necessary. The following are a few common examples:
The goal of a court when establishing a guardianship is to serve a child’s best interests. Factors a court will consider during the process of choosing a guardian include:
In some instances, a court may also consider a child’s preference if the child is old and mature enough to make a proper decision about who should or should not be their guardian.
It’s very common for the legal guardian of a child to be a relative or close family friend. However, this is not always the case. Again, the court will choose a guardian who appears fit to provide for a child and see to their best interests.
A guardianship is established when a minor child’s parents are deceased or they are not able or willing to care for their child.
A conservatorship is established when it can be determined that an adult lacks the ability to properly care for their finances, their well-being, or both. A conservator will be appointed by a judge to be responsible for managing the care and/or finances of the individual.
Someone can be a legal guardian or conservator of:
When a minor child or an adult who is unable to care for themselves needs a guardian or conservator, family members naturally want to ensure the security and assets of the individual in need are protected. At the Law Offices of Andrew Cohen, our Encino guardianship attorneys have helped numerous families in the area navigate these challenging circumstances. For more information about what we can do for you, contact us online today or call us at 661-481-0100 to schedule your free consultation.