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Clovis Guardianship Lawyer

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A guardianship is set up in California when a minor child is living with an adult who is not their parent. In order to make decisions about the child’s wellbeing, the adult or “guardian” requires a court order. While guardianships are often temporary solutions to protect a child while their parents are away or incapacitated, some guardianships last until the child has reached adulthood.

If you need help setting up or managing a guardianship in Fresno and surrounding areas, Hemb Law Group can help. Our Clovis guardianship attorneys understand the legal steps necessary to secure a guardianship and can inform you of your rights and responsibilities if you are just getting started. We will ensure that you are fully prepared for your role as a guardian and to tackle any potential challenges you may face.

Call (559) 206-1705 or contact us online to discuss your guardianship case at no obligation.

What Is Guardianship?

There is only one type of guardianship in the State of California: Guardianship of the Minor.

Guardianship of the minor occurs when a California court enters an order that someone other than the child’s biological parent(s) have custody of the child or the right to manage the child’s property (also known as their “estate”).

The process of obtaining guardianship requires the following set of events:

  • Petition for appointment with all related documents be filed by the party proposing to take guardianship of the child or the child filing a petition to have a guardian appointed if the child is 12 years of age or older;
  • Hearing by the court as to temporary status if necessary;
  • Investigation by the court’s probate investigators and report to the court;
  • Hearing by the court as to permanent status with potential trial if parents do not consent.
  • Final determination by the court and if approved, yearly updates as to the status of the guardianship.

Guardianship responsibilities:

  • Physical custody of the child including providing a safe place to live;
  • Making legal decisions regarding the child.

If the estate is involved:

  • Assure that an account is set up to keep the child’s funds separate from all of the guardians’ assets;
  • Provide an accounting as to how the funds were and/or are being used for the care of the child;
  • Any other accounting required by the court.

Guardianship versus Adoption

A guardian does not become the parent of the child. Thus, the biological parents, if still living, can have the right to visit the child and be involved in the child’s life. Guardians remain subject to court supervision.

Guardianship can be terminated if the parents can prove that they are fit to care for the child/children and the court finds that this is in the best interest of the child/children.

A guardian may request that the parent’s rights be terminated and request to adopt the child/children if it is in the best interests of the child/children. Termination of Parent Rights followed by adoption severs the parental tie that the child/children had with the parents. See the area of Adoption for further information.

Question: Have you had guardianship of a minor(s) for two (2) years? See the area of Adoption on how to provide the child/children with a permanent and stable home.

Discuss Your Options with an Experienced Guardianship Lawyer Today!

Ready to discuss your legal options with an experienced guardianship attorney near you? Our legal team has over three decades of experience and can represent you throughout the duration of your case. We will ensure the process runs smoothly and that you are able to attain the guardianship the child needs. We are open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. five days a week and are able to come to you if you are unable to make it to our Clovis office.

Contact us now to learn more.

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