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Guardianship for minor or adult family members can help ensure that their rights, dignities, and future are protected in the event that you are unable to do so for them. If you are contemplating becoming a legal guardian, Debra Hampton is proud to offer experienced, personalized representation. For more than 27 years, we have been helping families throughout the Oklahoma County area, and we are ready to provide you with the dedicated legal assistance that you need as well in applying for guardianship.
To discuss your options for conservatorship or guardianship, get in touch with our Edmond guardianship attorney right away for a free phone consultation.
Understanding Guardianship in Oklahoma
In general, there are two ways that guardianship can be established. Court-appointed guardianship occurs when the state or federal legal systems recognize that there is a need for a minor or adult to have a safe and secure home with either a foster family, extended family, or parent. Legally-appointed guardianship, on the other hand, is established through a legally-binding document where the parents of the child or the adult, while in sound mind, have named their trusted guardian. The document may also contain certain instructions that can help protect their rights, maintain a quality of life, and ensure that medical and educational needs are met.
Guardianship can be recognized for a variety of reasons, and appointing a guardian can help ensure that:
- The protected individual or ward is able to maintain their property, assets, and finances
- The protected individual’s wishes for medical care and education are maintained
- End-of-life decisions are protected
- The protected person has somewhere to live and a trusted person to watch over them
While most guardianships are granted to family members or immediate relatives, some guardianships can be assigned to individuals outside of the family, as long as the court finds them a suitable and reliable individual to care for the protected ward.
Establish Guardianship with the Help of an Edmond Attorney
If you have questions or concerns regarding guardianship or conservatorship, do not hesitate to call Debra Hampton. Having a trusted Edmond guardianship lawyer on your side can help ensure that your rights are protected throughout the legal process, as well as the rights of the family members in need of a guardian.
Reach out to our firm today and get started with a free consultation over the phone.