Legal Guardianship

Legal Guardianship Attorney In Anoka, Minnesota

A legal guardian is an individual other than the parent who is court appointed to provide support and care for a child or an adult who cannot care for themselves.

The person seeking guardianship must petition the court for appointment or the spouse or parent can give consent for an individual to be appointed. If you are seeking to obtain guardianship or challenge it, Mr. Peterson is a highly experienced Anoka family law lawyer who can help you through the entire process to ensure it runs as smoothly as possible.

Navigating The Guardianship Process

Before a guardian can be appointed, the interested person must ask for appointment by petitioning the court. The petitioner does not need to be the proposed guardian. Instead, they can be an interested person, such as a family member or a friend of the family. The court will have a hearing in which a guardian will be appointed if it feels that appointment is necessary to protect the person needing guardianship. This person is referred to as a “ward.”

When guardianship is appointed, there are certain powers centered on the guardian. The guardian’s powers may be general, broad, or limited to a specific set. The courts tend to prefer and the law says that the guardian is to only be granted as much power as the ward needs to have in order to care and protect the ward.

Sound And Straightforward Advice

As you serve as a guardian you will receive advice that is honest and sound so that you can be a successful guardian. Any time you have a question, Mr. Peterson will be here to answer it for you.

If you are seeking to be appointed as a guardian or you wish to have someone appointed, Christian Peterson is an experienced family law lawyer who can answer your questions and help you throughout the process.

Once guardianship is established, you have the responsibility of making decisions for that individual and ensuring they are cared for. In the case of the child, you will act in the capacity of a parent. You will ensure they go to school, that they are provided for, and that they receive the medical care that they need. You ensure that they are safe and raised in a loving environment. You will continue in this capacity until the court states that you do not need to anymore or the child becomes of age. Once the child is 18 years of age, he or she will be able to care for him or herself and make their own decisions unless they are legally incapacitated in some way and the court orders for the guardianship to continue.