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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 family law.

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.

For help and legal representation in guardianship matters, call me, your Westlake Village guardianship attorney today at (805) 633-4999 for a free initial consultation!

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Happy Clients

  • He worked efficiently to get the best and honest result for my family in child support matters.

    “I chose Mr. Graff to represent me in my divorce since he was also knowledgeable with bankruptcy law. He promptly returned phone calls, was quite helpful and consistent in advising me. He knew and understood my case and was very professional in representing me. Furthermore, I knew he was well respected in the courtroom and by other attorneys. He worked efficiently to get the best and honest result for my family in child support matters. I would absolutely hire him again and definitely recommend him to anyone in need of family law representation.”

    Kathy

  • Long story short, Jeff was able to get the monthly amount we paid cut down by more than half!!

    “Jeffrey handled my Family matter. Jeff is great!! He really helped me and my husband fight my husband’s ex. My husband got hurt at work and we were really having a tough time. My husband ex’s got a big child support order against my husband and we didn’t even know that she went to Jeffrey handled my family matter. Jeff is great!! He really helped me and my husband fight my husband’s ex-wife. My husband got hurt at work and we were really having a tough time. My husband ex-wife had a huge child support order against my husband and we didn’t even know that she went to court for that!! Then, she started coming after us for this big child support money every month. She wouldn’t even let her kids come over to visit with us and my kids, but just wanted the money and my husband wasn’t working. My co-worker went to Jeff for her divorce and she told me to call and talk to him. I am so thankful that I called him. I talked to him and he explained everything to me. I needed that because I didn’t know what to do. My husband and I met with him in his office. Jeff and the secretary were both so nice and very professional. I completely trust them! Long story short, Jeff was able to get the monthly amount my husband pays to his ex-wife cut down by more than half!! And on top of that got the judge to make my husband’s ex let the kids come and visit with my husband, who is still hurt, and my kids. Everything worked out so much better than I thought it could. I didn’t know we had a choice and that we could go to the judge to lower the support AND let us see the kids. I would recommend Jeff to anyone who need help with family law. Very Helpful.”

    Linda

  • I felt that he always had my best interest in mind!

    “I selected Jeff to represent me because he specialized divorce cases and had worked with the Ventura County judges for many years. He was very patient with me as dealt with the emotions of getting a divorce after a 19-year marriage, and helped me through the terrible stress of facing my ex-spouse and being in the courtroom. He gave me very good advice on how to manage the property settlement, especially on when I should capitulate and when I should hold my ground. I felt that he always had my best interest in mind (rather than just collecting his fee) and worked diligently to bring the case to a fair conclusion.”

    Mrs. M

  • He understands family dynamics because he has experience working with many different types!

    “Jeff is very kind and always takes time to listen to my issues and questions. He is very professional. Jeff is always prepared for court and his experience is obvious when you see that all the judges know him and regard him with great esteem. Jeff understands family dynamics because he has experience working with many different types of issues which characterized my case. If you would like to be able to trust that your lawyer is going to resolve your issue to the best possible outcome while being professional and courteous, Jeff Graff is the attorney for you.”

    Paul

  • In a very difficult time in my life, Mr. Graff provided excellent service to me.

    “In a very difficult time in my life, Mr. Graff provided excellent service to me. Patient with my process, he was always prompt to return my calls, and gave me realistic advice. While other lawyers might be evasive in an effort to prolong the process (hence their fees), Mr. Graff was straightforward and eager to conclude the proceedings quickly in an effort to minimize my pain.”

    Melissa