Experienced Waterford Guardianship Attorney
Informed & Experienced Representation with Personalized Attention
When navigating the complex legality of guardianship, it is important to have a knowledgeable and reliable family law attorney to assist your case. Our Waterford guardianship attorney is known for his down-to-earth, compassionate approach to his clients and his ability to capably represent them in court.
Attorney Charles P. Farrar possesses many distinctions, including:
- Chair of the Oakland County Bar Association Juvenile Law Committee
- Member of the Oakland County Bar Association Family Court Committee
- Recipient of an Avvo Clients’ Choice Award
- More than 20 years practicing in Michigan family law
- Honest, informative, and personal approach with clients
If you have questions regarding guardianship or want to apply to become a guardian for a loved one, contact us at (248) 327-0377 to schedule your initial consultation.
What Is Guardianship?
Guardianship refers to a legal arrangement where one person takes responsibility for another person and their property because they cannot legally act on their own behalf. For example, a minor, elderly parent, or grandparent who is physically incapacitated needs a guardian to take legal responsibility for them.
The Michigan courts have specific processes that they follow to choose a guardian depending on the circumstances. Typically, they look first to those closest to the person needing guardianship, such as a spouse, parent, family member, or close friend. In some situations, when none of these members are available, they may hire a professional guardian. There are also different types of guardianships that may apply to your case.
The powers given to someone with full guardianship over a minor or incapacitated person in Michigan are “care, custody, and control.” A guardian is expected to take daily care of the person but is not necessarily expected to support the person financially with their own resources. They also have the power to make decisions regarding the minor or incapacitated person’s education, medical needs, and living accommodations.
In Michigan, a person with limited guardianship only has the authority granted by the courts over the minor or incapacitated person. This usually ends up being the same general powers a full guardian would have, except for the power to consent to the minor or incapacitated person’s adoption or marriage.
A temporary guardian may be appointed by the courts to care for the minor or incapacitated person for a maximum of six months. A temporary guardianship may occur while the proceedings for a permanent guardian are still taking place.
Call our Waterford guardianship attorney at (248) 327-0377 to request an initial consultation.