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  • Divorce/Spousal Support
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  • Premarital and post-marital contracts
  • Child Protective Services/Dependency
  • Guardianship
  • Adoptions
  • Paternity
  • Mediation
  • Integrated Mediation
  • Grandparent rights
  • Emancipation


Guardianship is when someone who is not the parent is given:

  • Custody of a child (Guardianship of the Person), or
  • The power to manage the child's property (Guardianship of the Estate), or both

The guardian of the person is responsible for:

  • Determining where the child lives;
  • Making sure that the child is properly fed, clothed, and sheltered;
  • Supervising the child's conduct;
  • Making sure that the child is enrolled in school; and
  • Making sure that the child has proper medical care

In general, a guardian of the estate has a duty to:

  • Control and preserve estate property;
  • Seperate guardianship estate property from other property including the guardian's own personal assets;
  • Hold the child's property until the child reaches the age of .

A minor child may end up with a guardian when their parents are unable to care for them -- whether through death, abandonment, abuse or neglect. The child may be put in the temporary care of a relative such as a grandparent, for example. A guardian for a child will have the same legal authority as a parent would. Our job is to help you through the complicated legal process and help ease your family's burden. These issues are typically heart wrenching and we can help ensure you effectively and legally establish an appropriate situation for the care of your loved one. Call us for a free consultation regarding your specific issues at 415-457-0700.