Guardianship Lawyers in Indianapolis, Indiana
The family law attorneys at Schembs Law Firm provide legal advice and lawyer representation to clients throughout Indianapolis attempting to become legal guardians. A guardian is a person who is legally responsible for someone else. A guardian is appointed by Indianapolis court to oversee the legal, financial and personal affairs of a minor (someone who is under 18 years old) or an adult who is unable to manage their own affairs because of old age or incapacitation. A guardian is responsible for providing proper care to the ward (the person for whom a guardian has been appointed) and must manage affairs in the best interest of the ward.
At Schembs Law Firm, our family law attorneys have experience dealing with cases involving guardianship throughout Indianapolis. Our family lawyers are familiar with four main types of guardianships, including:
- A Guardian of the Person: This type of guardian has physical custody of the ward and provides for their every day needs. Food, shelter, clothing and other basic necessities must be provided and the guardian will also make decisions about medical treatment and other professional services the ward may need in Indianapolis.
- A Guardian of the Estate: This type of guardian is appointed by Indianapolis court to manage financial assets of the ward. A Guardian of the Estate may pay the wards debts, deposit funds into their account, and pay the ward’s income taxes.
- A Limited Guardian: This type of guardian has specifically limited power by court. Only certain areas and aspects of the ward’s life are controlled by a limited guardian, and the ward maintains control over all other areas of their life.
- A Temporary Guardian: This type of guardian is appointed by court when there is an emergency need to prevent injury to the ward. A temporary guardian is usually only necessary for 60 days.
Guardianship in Indiana can be confusing, so it is necessary to seek legal assistance from an Indianapolis Family Law Attorney at our firm before making any moves to become a legal guardian. It is a huge undertaking to become someone’s legal guardian, and our lawyers will make sure you are completely prepared for guardianship.
If you are considering becoming a guardian or have questions regarding guardianship,
contact an Indianapolis Family Lawyer
at Schembs Law today!