Westlake Village Guardianship Attorney
Establishing Legal Guardianships & Conservatorships
There are many circumstances when a guardianship may be necessary, including
when the parent has died, when the parent is deemed incapacitated, or
if the parent is a minor. At the Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Graff, as a
Westlake Village guardianship lawyer, I am extremely skilled in handling
matters relating to guardianship and how it relates to
A guardian is the individual who is appointed by the court as party responsible
for making decisions on behalf of the child. This may include finances,
healthcare, and schooling. Guardians may be listed in the will or trust,
but if there were no legal documents stating who should be the guardian,
these matters may be disputed in court by family members.
The responsibilities of a guardian include the following:
- Providing for the child's health and various needs
- Ensuring that the child has adequate housing and nutrition
- Providing guidance and support for the child
Who can be a guardian?
In some cases, the child in question can nominate their own guardians.
The type of relative or individual who can be granted guardianship includes
whomever was nominated in the will, the nomination of the child, the spouse
of the parent, a grandparent, an aunt or uncle, or a sibling. In order
to be made a guardian, a court order must be put in place. The court weighs
guardianship decisions very carefully, in order to seek proper welfare
of the child in question above all other considerations.
Although it is most common for a minor child, guardianship is not only
appropriate for children. When a person is unable to care for his or her
own well-being, the court may appoint a guardian to oversee the decisions
about their welfare.