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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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • His team helped restore hope into our family in a time of uncertainty. That alone make Jeff a fantastic attorney aside from his knowledgeable legal skills.

    “Jeff and his team are by far the best to work with. His staff is kind, courteous, and he is excellent at getting the job done in a timely fashion. He is very straight forward and makes it easy to understand what is going on step by step in your case. His experience and insight into the family law field is excellent. Jeff and his office have helped my family tremendously and I would recommend him to anyone who is looking for family law help. If you wants to be sure it is done correct the first time and that your family's best interest are always cared for, he is the guy. His team helped restore hope into our family in a time of uncertainty. That alone make Jeff a fantastic attorney aside from his knowledgeable legal skills.”

    Catherine