A guardianship is a legal proceeding where the court appoints an individual to manage the custody (person), property (estate), or both of a minor (i.e. an individual under 18 years old). In a guardianship of the person, the guardian has the same responsibilities to care for the minor as a parent. This means that the guardian gains full legal and physical custody of the minor and can make all decisions concerning the physical care of the minor that a parent would make. A guardianship of the estate is required if a minor inherits money or assets. A guardian can be a relative, friend of the family, or someone else who is determined by the court to be suitable to raise the minor.
At Ewin Lambourne Law, APC, we can help you establish a guardianship if one is necessary and properly advise you regarding the ongoing duties and responsibilities of being a guardian.