Santa Clarita Legal Guardianship

With a Santa Clarita legal guardianship, parents can protect and care for their special needs children even after they are 18. When children turn 18, the government says that they are legally able to make their own decisions for health care, finances, housing and more. Children who are unable to follow through with this due to physical or mental disabilities can seek the guidance of a legal guardian who will be put in charge of them. Most of the time, it is children with cognitive disabilities who most need a guardian.

Planning Legal Guardianship for Santa Clarita Children with Special Needs

The planning for a Santa Clarita legal guardianship should begin well before the child’s eighteenth birthday. This way, everything will be put into place once the child turns 18 and needs help to pay bills, determine health care and choose housing. A guardian will help mainly with decision-making processes. The amount of decisions the guardian will have to make will determine whether or not this is a full or limited guardianship. With a limited guardianship, the special needs individuals will continue to retain certain rights depending on their abilities. For example, some individuals retain their rights to vote or to make certain financial decisions.

One of the most important parts of setting up a Santa Clarita legal guardianship is choosing who will become the guardian. Many times, a parent or both parents will step into this role. If parents are no longer living, a sibling, another family member or a close friend may take the role. In cases where no one is able to become a guardian, the court can appoint a third party of the state to this role. Because the guardian has numerous rights and responsibilities, it is vital that the guardian is appointed with care. In the end, a judge of the courts will have the final say over who will have the responsibility.

However, getting a Santa Clarita legal guardianship set up can be a lot of work and can be overwhelming to anyone who does not have in-depth knowledge of special needs laws in California. At Newman, Aaronson, Vanaman, we can walk you through this process, helping you fill out the right paperwork, attending hearings with you and walking you through appeals processes if necessary. Because this is one of the most important decisions that you will make for your child, you should take extreme care to do it correctly and promptly.

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