Las Vegas Guardianship Attorney
Taking over the care of a loved one can be stressful and confusing. You want to know you’re doing the right thing—legally, emotionally, and morally. Going through the guardianship process with the help of an experienced guardianship lawyer goes far toward alleviating worry and boosting confidence. At Ghandi Deeter Blackham Law Offices, our Las Vegas guardianship lawyers work to streamline the guardianship process for clients while ensuring the guardianship relationship is clearly established and beneficial to all involved.
Guardianship in Nevada
Guardianships are most common with children and the elderly. Guardianship of a child may be necessary if a parent has passed away or when a parent is unable to care for a child, such as when addicted to alcohol or drugs. In such a case, a guardian steps in and acts as a parent until the parent can resume the responsibilities of a parent or until the child turns 18 and is a legal adult. If the need for a guardian is understood to be a short-term responsibility, like in the case of hospitalization for drugs or other health-related issues, it is possible to use a six month temporary guardianship agreement to temporarily meet the needs of the child during the parent’s absence.
In the case of adults, guardianship is most often needed when an elderly person suffers from dementia, although adult guardianships are also granted for many other reasons if an adult is unable to care for himself or herself physically and/or financially. For example, we have experience helping the parent(s) establish guardianship of a disabled adult child. In all circumstances, a guardian of an adult is responsible for ensuring the adult is cared for and his or her assets are managed properly.
Who Can Be a Guardian in Nevada?
A Nevada court may appoint anyone who is suitable to serve as a person’s guardian. The guardian does not have to be related to the person over whom the guardianship is requested, but preference is generally given to suitable relatives if multiple people petition for guardianship. If two people agree to share guardianship, they can file one petition asking a court to be appointed co-guardians. However, if different people want to separately be appointed guardian, the court selects the most suitable person, looking at factors such as the closeness of the family relationship, whether a will or any other writing exists, and professional recommendations. We can help you build a strong case for guardianship if you expect any opposition from others.
Speak to an Experienced Las Vegas Guardianship Lawyer Today
There’s nothing more important than the safety and well-being of our loved ones. At Ghandi Deeter Blackham Law Offices, we understand this, and throughout the guardianship process, we will make the happiness and comfort of the people you care about our top priority. For more information about guardianship in Nevada, please contact our Las Vegas law office and ask to speak with an experienced guardianship lawyer.