Downey Legal Guardianship

A Downey Legal Guardianship is a necessity for special needs adults who are unable to make certain decisions for themselves. This is a serious consideration for many parents who have children nearing the age of adulthood, which is 18 years old in California. Without a legal guardian, this individual will be required to make decisions himself, and parents will no longer be able to jump in to discuss medical test results, make decisions for healthcare, finances or housing or choose therapy.

The Legal Procedures for Guardianship in Downey

Downey legal guardianships are always appointed through a court. Most of the time, someone will petition to be the legal guardian. This could be a parent, an adult sibling, a friend or someone else entirely. If no one steps forward, the court may have to appoint a third party, which may not be an individual at all but could be an organization. Legal guardianships are appointed during hearings during which the judge determines who would make the best guardian and whether the petitioner will be able to care adequately for the needs of the individual.

It is a high responsibility to be named a Downey legal guardian. The guardian must be responsible and must be able to dedicate enough time to the concerns of the special needs individual. Most guardians are appointed over both the person and the property, but some guardians are only handed a single role.

Of course, there are times when a Downey legal guardianship will be unnecessary. Some special needs individuals can make most or all of their decisions for themselves and will only need basic guidance from family members in certain areas. However, these individuals may still benefit from other alternatives, such as a special needs trust that guards their financial concerns or a financial representative who is a cosigner on a bank account. The key to determining what services any special needs individual needs is to determine what is the least restrictive choice that still allows him or her to live a happy, healthy life.

We know this can be a very difficult decision for many Downey families. That is why our attorneys at Newman, Aaronson, Vanaman offer counseling and legal services to help walk you through this time. We can help you through each step of this process, including attending hearings with you, and can help you ensure that you follow each step correctly and make the right choice for your child.

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