Legal guardianships are a way of transferring custody of minors, the elderly, or the disabled to a caregiver. Guardianships can be either temporary or permanent, and can be complex. It is advised that a person who understands guardianship laws is retained to assist in the appointment of a guardian.
Guardian ad litems are not the same as legal guardians and are often appointed for under-age children. A Guardian ad litem is an officer of the court and does not represent the parties in a suit. Many times, guardian ad litems are appointed when there are allegations of abuse or neglect. Our attorneys are aware that these appointments may be emotionally charged and are sensitive to the needs of parties who find themselves in guardian ad litem proceedings.