Guardianship

Sacramento, California, Guardianships Attorney

An adult can be granted legal guardianship over a person, an estate or both a person and an estate. One can have many reasons for pursuing guardianship, but all are ultimately rooted in a genuine interest in having someone watch over, protect and maintain that person or estate.

At the law offices of Hugh O. Allen Attorney at Law, we have handled family law issues like guardianships in Sacramento, California, and surrounding communities for more than 30 years. Call our offices at 916-229-6847 or contact us online today to schedule an appointment with an experienced, caring, dedicated and knowledgeable attorney.

Guardianship Over Minor Children

Most guardianships over minor children come about because the parents are, for whatever reason, unable to continue to care for their children. This can be because of any of the following reasons:

  • They have been found legally unfit to raise their children because of criminal activity or child neglect and abuse.
  • They have traveled somewhere and couldn't take the children with them.
  • They were killed in a tragic accident.

The most common example involves parents who have fallen into drug use or criminal activity and are no longer fit parents. In these cases, the child either goes into foster care or is taken in by a relative like an aunt, uncle or grandparent. Learn more at our page on grandparents' rights.

Once a family member has guardianship of a child and gains child custody, he or she can adopt the child after going through a termination of parental rights proceeding.

Guardianships Over Minors And Estates

If the parents were killed or are absent and have left behind an estate to the child, then the guardian would be involved in looking over both the child and the estate. He or she would usually be responsible for the upbringing of the child and for withdrawing regular payments from the estate for the care and upbringing of the child.

At the law offices of Hugh O. Allen Attorney at Law, we handle all issues related to guardianship. If you would like to schedule an appointment with an experienced family law attorney, call 916-229-6847 or contact our offices online today.

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