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What Does It Mean To Have A Guardianship?

When children need to be removed from their parents’ homes to protect them from physical abuse or drug abuse, guardianship may be the best legal solution. As devastating as separation from parents may be, there is often a grandparent, aunt or uncle, or family friend with whom the child can feel at home. Extended families often devise arrangements to be formalized through guardianship without the involvement of the Department of Human Services.

Of course, there are many other reasons for which parents may be unable to care for their children. They may be hospitalized. They may be serving abroad in the military. They may be in jail. They may be disabled. They may be engaged in intensive occupational training that leaves them little or no free time to be with their sons or daughters. The Law Office of Cliff Collins can help you navigate the legal processes associated with guardianship.

When Guardianships Apply

Perhaps you are a grandparent, aunt or uncle who has been caring for a child in the family and you often find the need to have authority over that child — to take him or her to the doctor, to enroll him or her in school and so on. You may wonder whether a family adoption is appropriate. Perhaps a temporary guardianship is a better answer for all concerned.

Guardianship is also used for the care of adults who cannot care for themselves:

  • An adult child with a developmental disability
  • A parent or grandparent with Alzheimer’s or dementia
  • A family member in a coma or otherwise incapacitated

The Law Office of Cliff Collins can provide valuable guidance and assistance to families in need of guardianship orders.

Contact A Guardianship Attorney In Cabot

People often think of guardianship as a family law matter, when in fact, it falls under the umbrella of probate law. If you become a guardian of someone, you will have the power to manage that person’s business and medical matters.

A discussion of the details of your case will help determine what type of legal structure will best suit the needs of the person in need of protection. Schedule a consultation with an Arkansas guardianship lawyer. Call 501-712-5202 or send an email message through this website.