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Whittier Guardianship Attorney

Estate Planning in Los Angeles County

Guardianship occurs when an individual is appointed as guardian of a minor child; this occurs when the parent(s) are unable to take care of their child for either a short or extended period of time. These instances may involve planned as well as unforeseen events; for example, an appointed guardian may need to step in in the event of the parent(s) passing or facing a serious illness, whether mental or physical. Guardians may also need to step in if the parent(s) are on leave in the military, entering into a rehab program or facing jail time, have an abusive history, or problems with alcohol or drug abuse. Regardless of whether you are looking to establish guardianship or your child or if you are being considered as a guardian, it is important to speak with a Whittier estate planning lawyer. They can discuss your options and answer any questions you have.

The Responsibilities of a Guardian

When a guardian steps in, they take over all parental responsibilities. They become accountable in the child's overall well-being and safety, as well as for their educational, medical, and dental needs. They are held responsible for providing the child with clothing, shelter, and food. In some cases, an additional guardian is appointed to manage the child's estate under a guardianship of the estate. Guardians are held accountable for managing the child's assets and money until they become 18 years of age. This appointed individual may be the guardian of the individual or separate appointed person(s).

With that being said, however, the guardians of the child do not take away the parent's parental rights. Once the parents become able to take care of their child again, the guardianship becomes revoked. Until further notice, the guardian no longer has to fulfill their duties. It is important to understand that life does not always go as planned. If something were to happen, wouldn't you want to make sure that your child stays in good hands? Through the process of selecting a guardian, you can be assured of this. At Mary E. Mullin, Attorney at Law, we understand the importance of selecting the guardian of your children.

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