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Pasadena Guardianship Attorneys

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Every child deserves a safe and happy life. If one or both of a child's parents are no longer able to provide them with the proper care, a family member might need to intervene. At Marilyn Smith Law APC, we can help you if you are seeking guardianship of a child. Our top priority is to ensure that a worthy guardian is appointed who is prepared to take on the responsibility of caring for the child.

To learn more during a case consultation, call us today at (626) 317-6068.

When Is a Guardian Appointed?

Guardians are not always family members – they can also be a trustworthy person close to the family appointed by the court.

A guardian may be appointed if one or both parents:

  • Have passed away
  • Are incarcerated
  • Have been abusive towards the child
  • Have substance abuse issues
  • Have a physical/mental illness
  • Are otherwise unwilling or unable to care for their child

Should a guardian be appointed, the biological parents no longer have the right to make decisions about the child’s life. However, parents still have certain rights and may be able to contact or visit their child with court approval.

Preparing Clients for the Duties of Guardianship

Being appointed a guardian is a significant responsibility. As a guardian, you will have essentially the same legal responsibilities as a parent.

Guardians’ duties include:

  • Managing the child's finances
  • Choosing where the child goes to school
  • Handling the child’s health needs
  • Providing for their day-to-day needs.

The courts take great time and consideration before choosing a guardian who is fit to care for a child. This can also be an emotional time for everyone involved, especially if a child has recently lost their parent. You can rely on our Pasadena guardianship lawyers to ensure you understand your duties and how a guardianship can affect you.

At Marilyn Smith Law APC, we understand that this may be a difficult situation for your family. Let our team make the process as simple and stress-free as possible. We can provide you with sound guidance and representation from start to finish.

Reach out to us now at (626) 317-6068 for a case consultation. We serve clients throughout all of Los Angeles.

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What Sets The Law Office of Marilyn M. Smith Apart?

  1. Most cases require multiple areas of expertise. Team LOOMMS takes a comprehensive approach to every case we handle.
  2. Our clients are our business. We give the respectful attention that your case deserves.
  3. Our attorney brings 40 years of experience to every case.
  4. Lead attorney Marilyn M. Smith has tried over 200+ cases in both state and federal court.
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