Legal Guardianships in Indianapolis, Indiana
What is Guardianship?
When a child under the age of 18 is abandoned or orphaned, the State requires that they are placed with a responsible adult to act as their guardian. This guardian becomes responsible for all financial and medical decisions related to the child until the child reaches adulthood. Although guardians are typically adult relatives of the child in question, a blood relation isn’t required. A friend or neighbor can also apply for guardianship.
There are many different types of guardianship available, making it easy to find the best fit for your life. A person may apply for full guardianship, limited guardianship or co-guardianship. Call today and find the guardianship options that are right for you and your family.
What Are Your Other Options?
Guardianship is the most typical choice for individuals responsible for minors, but you can also apply for guardianship over someone who has dementia or any other similar brain altering illness. In cases such as these, there are a few other options. Conservatorship is similar in many ways to guardianship, the main difference being that in conservatorship, the person in question has requested a representative to manage their affairs.
A Power of Attorney is another similar option, although this is often made long before any accident or illness occurs. With a power of attorney, you’re able to choose someone to represent you when the time comes that you are unable to make those reasonable decisions on your own.
Becoming a guardian is a big decision. There are a lot of things to consider, and lots of legal hoops to jump through. But at Timothy J. Wagner, Attorney at Law, this process can be easy. Call in today and schedule a consultation. Attorney Wagner is ready to offer you his expert service.