At Pingel Family Law, we understand that every situation is unique. Your family member, child, or loved one has particular needs that are important to both them and you, and we take this into account when assisting you through the guardianship process. We take the time to meet with you in person, understand the details of your situation, and work together with you to devise a plan that’s tailored to your goals.
There are many reasons why guardianship may be required—or preferred—in order to care for someone. For example, the parents of a minor child/children are incarcerated, have passed away, or become incapacitated, and therefore a third party needs to step in and assume responsibility for their dependents. Regardless of the reasoning behind it, designating guardianship is a complicated procedure that can be streamlined with the help of an experienced guardianship attorney. When done properly, our legal team can secure the best outcome for everyone involved.
Responsibilities of a Guardian
In the state of Missouri, under Chapter 475 of the Missouri Revised Statutes, guardianships can be established for minors under the age of 18 or adults who are unable to care or provide for themselves. A guardian can be appointed in a variety of ways, including in a last will and testament or by a court.
A legal guardian has a number of responsibilities in regard to the individual in their care. These responsibilities can include, but are not limited to:
- Making financial decisions and/or managing assets
- Managing medical and healthcare-related decisions
- Assisting with daily routines, including paying bills, arranging transportation, making living arrangements, etc.
- Making decisions about education if the individual is a minor
- Handling all major (and minor) decisions on behalf of the individual
Whether you wish to ensure that your minor children are cared for in the event that you are no longer able to do so, or you want to make sure an adult relative is protected, our Kansas City guardianship attorney can help you take the necessary steps. Our firm can assist with everything from gathering and submitting the proper paperwork to providing preparation and representation during subsequent hearings.
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