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Guardianship

Guardianship is sought to protect the interests of a minor child or an adult who has become incapacitated. Guardianship is granted by the Orphans Courts through a legal process that requires the filing of a petition and the scheduling of a hearing or trial.

At May, May and Zimmerman, LLP our skilled attorneys are here to answer your questions and guide you through the guardianship process from start to finish.

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Guardianship of a Minor Child

The need to seek guardianship of a minor child can occur for many reasons, but the paramount concern is the welfare and protection of the child in question. Guardianship is intended to protect the legal rights of a minor child and allow the guardian to assume the duties of a natural parent such as:

  • ❭Medical and emergency medical attention
  • ❭School enrollment
  • ❭Application for financial support
  • ❭Psychological attention
  • ❭Vacation and travel planning
  • ❭Welfare of the child

Guardianships are granted by the court. You will need an experienced attorney to prepare the proper documents and help you present evidence or testimony to explain your reasons for seeking guardianship for the child.

The attorneys at May, May and Zimmerman, LLP can help you through every phase of the guardianship process from drafting the proper documentation to presenting your case in court.

If you are seeking to establish a temporary or standby guardianship for a minor child in southeastern Pennsylvania, we're here to help.

Guardianship Due to Incapacity

When a family member can no longer manage their own affairs and did not create a power of attorney, their loved ones will need to file for legal guardianship in order make decisions for them. Guardianship is designed to allow one family member to make decisions for another who is mentally disabled or incapacitated.

Since the power to make legal decisions on another person's behalf has a significant impact on their life, a legal guardian must be appointed by a judge. The experienced attorneys at May, May and Zimmerman, LLP can help you through the guardianship process - from preparing all the needed paperwork to petitioning the court for guardianship, and presenting evidence and testimony that details the reasons the person in question requires the appointment of a guardian.

Guardianship Responsibilities

As someone's legal guardian, you have the responsibility to direct the affairs of your ward, including making medical decisions on their behalf, paying bills and investing money, and buying or selling property. In addition, you are required by law to file an annual report each tax year, and there are several other complex tax and financial concerns that must be addressed.

Our attorneys can represent you as a guardian by helping prepare and file all the related legal and financial information. Our extensive experience in estate planning and elder law gives us the knowledge to assist you in making the appropriate decisions on behalf of your ward.

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