Estate Law

What Does it Mean to be a Ward of the State

What Does it Mean to be a Ward of the State

When an adult is unable to care for themselves due to disability or disease, someone else has to manage their affairs. This is often accomplished by appointing a guardian. When no family member is available to become the guardian, the adult who needs care may become a ward of the state. What is a Ward…

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What is Permanent Guardianship of a Child?

What is Permanent Guardianship of a Child?

When you obtain permanent guardianship of a child, you are requesting the creation of a permanent legal relationship between you, as the guardian, and the child. There are many U.S. courts that will allow permanent guardianship through the court process if it is deemed in the best interest of the child.  Once granted permanent guardianship, the…

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Which is Better? Power of Attorney or Guardianship?

Which is Better, Power of Attorney or Guardianship?

When you have a loved one who needs assistance making financial or medical decisions, you may find yourself wondering whether it is better to obtain a power of attorney or to seek a guardianship to help assist them with these matters. Which one will provide you with the best chance to take care of their…

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What is the Difference Between Custody and Guardianship?

What is the Difference Between Custody and Guardianship?

Custody and guardianship both allow someone to care for a minor child. The main difference between the two is how they’re created. Keep reading to find out more. What is Custody? Custody is a family court order that allows someone to care for a minor child. One of the most common uses of custody is…

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How Do I Appoint a Guardian For My Child If I Die?

How Do I Appoint a Guardian For My Child If I Die?

“My greatest fear, someone I don’t know raising my child… What if something happens to me, who is going to take care of my child?”   Who Would Raise Your Children If Something Happened to You? Honestly, no one wants to think about this question. It’s an implicit reminder that we are indeed mortal, and,…

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