Legal Guardianships in California

What is Guardianship?

Guardianships are legal relationships that give a person (legal guardian) the legal rights and responsibilities of caring for a minor child. Legal guardians may be relatives or non-related adults and can be court appointed or appointed in a will. Once a guardianship is established, the legal guardian will have the duty of providing care for a child and / or management of their property, or estate. Examples of the duties and responsibilities held by guardians may include:

  • Healthcare decisions
  • Education of the child
  • Financial decisions for a child
  • Day-to-day care, including food, housing, and transportation

Whatever the circumstances may be and regardless of how a guardianship is established, legal guardians must be willing to take on the responsibilities of caring for a child. Because the role a legal guardian has in a child's life is so significant, courts will always consider a guardian's character and the best needs of a decision before finalizing appointments.

How Can I Become a Legal Guardian?

Because the process of becoming a legal guardian will depend on your unique situation, our Temecula and Murrieta family lawyers make it a point to work personally with you and guide you step by step through the legal process. Our legal team can assist clients with completing all necessary paperwork and meeting all court requirements. Among these procedures, individuals seeking guardianship will need to address the termination of a biological parent's rights and receive authorization to file a petition for guardianship.

Personal Assistance, Passionate Support

At Hanson, Gorian, Bradford & Hanich, our legal team is prepared to immediately review your case, inform you of your rights, and explain how we can assist you with becoming a legal guardian. Our goal is to help you resolve the legal process as swiftly and smoothly as possible, and we know that our experience and resources enable us to achieve this objective.

For more information about your particular case, call (951) 506-6654 for a free consultation. Our offices serve Murrieta, Temecula and Riverside County.