Select this meeting if you seek legal guardianship of an adult or child because:
The child's parents are deceased.
The child's parents are abusing drugs and/or alcohol.
The child's parents are physically, verbally, or mentally abusive.
The adult is incapacitated and unable to make decisions about one's life.
The adult is incapacitated and being physically, verbally, mentally, or financially abused.
A guardian is a person appointed by a court who is responsible for the care and custody of a minor or other individual who has been legally determined to be incapacitated. This determination is made after the court ascertains that a person is unable to make decisions affecting their care. If it is decided that the person lacks the capacity for their own care, a guardian is appointed to make decisions for the minor or individual (the ward).
Anyone who is interested in the well-being of the child or incapacitated adult can initiate the guardianship process by filing a petition with the court. The court will then review the petition to determine if the situation merits the need for a guardianship. A guardian needs to be someone who plays a significant role in the life of the ward, is sensitive to the needs and desires the ward has, and generally must be supported by the ward’s family.
When you set up an appointment, we will send you a questionnaire designed to gather preliminary information about your concerns/objectives, the ward's health status, and the financial resources of the ward. The initial consultation meeting lasts about one hour. At that meeting, our attorneys will discuss your concerns, your expectations, and any potential issues relevant to the case. Our attorneys will give you preliminary suggestions as to how to address your concerns and how to get started.
After the initial meeting, you will receive an engagement proposal if you want us to assist you in obtaining guardianship of the ward. For most matters, the work is done on a flat or set fee basis that is discussed with you at the initial meeting once we know the extent of the work involved. If you hire our firm (most do) then the consultation fee is credited to our retainer and becomes part of the flat fee when you pursue within 30 days of the consultation.
If you choose phone, the attorney will call at the specified time.