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What Is Legal Guardianship?

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Guardianships are established and monitored by a court to manage the health and financial affairs of a minor child or an incapacitated adult.  A Guardian may be appointed on an emergency basis, for a specified time period, on an indefinite basis, or on a permanent basis. A Guardian may be appointed to only handle financial affairs or to only handle health and life decisions, or for both purposes. Guardians are appointed through a legal process in which the rights of the individual are protected, and the needs of the individual are reviewed.  River Communities Fiduciary Services (RCFS) becomes involved when there is no family, when family are unable or unwilling to serve,  when there are irreconcilable differences among family members, or when there has been abuse, exploitation or neglect. When there is family support and/or participation, RCFS strives to foster and maintain positive contact.

 

Guardianship is the most restrictive form of substitute decision making and is also the most complex and expensive to establish and obtain. It should always be viewed as the option of last resort  and used only if other alternatives do not provide an adequate solution.  It is highly recommended that an attorney familiar with guardianship matters be consulted before even considering beginning the process to establish a guardianship.  Professional help will absolutely be necessary throughout the entire process.

 

A few words regarding guardianship of a minor child: the guardianship doesn't sever the legal relationship that exists between a child and their biological parents – it co-exists with that legal relationship.  In most cases, guardians are typically appointed to manage the finances of the minor child.  As is guardianship of an incapacitated adult, legal guardianship of minor children is regulated by state law.  Each state has their own unique requirements and obligations associated with becoming the guardian of a minor child.

 

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As your one-stop resource, we work hand in hand with individuals with disabilities, their families, medical providers, attorneys and social workers. Let us help you find long-term security and support for you or your loved one’s assets and future.

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