There are two basic types of Guardianships: adult and minor children. The rules and procedures for both types of guardianship cases are very different from the rules and procedures that apply to divorce and child custody cases between parents.
Throne & Hauser has represented clients in both types of guardianship cases and has the experience to guide you through the complex issues and procedures.
What is Las Vegas Guardianship?
Guardianship is the process of a court authorizing one or more responsible adults to either care for and manage the property and income of an adult who is unable to care for themselves or, in case of a minor child, to allow someone to have custody of a child and/or manage the child’s property in the event that the child’s parents are unable to care for their own child.
Usually, an adult guardianship case is brought by a party either seeking to care for their disabled child who is now an adult and is still in need of care and protection, or a family member seeking to care for an elderly relative who is no longer able to care for and protect themselves.
Due to the complexities of the rules and procedures applicable to guardianship cases, it can be intimidating for someone to start the process of obtaining guardianship over a loved one who is in need of their care and assistance. Throne & Hauser can and will guide you through each step of the process of obtaining the guardianship over your loved one and meeting the court requirements for a guardian as they care for and manage the affairs of their loved one.
Guardianships Over Minor Children
A guardianship for a minor child may be necessary when one or more of their parents have passed away and they have inherited life insurance or other assets. Even when you are the surviving parent, the life insurance company will require you to obtain a guardianship over your minor child’s estate in order for them to pay out the benefits for your child. In other cases, a parent is unable to care for their own minor child for reasons such as addiction or serious mental illness. In such a case, another adult can be granted authority to step in and act in place of the parent until either the parent can resume responsibilities for their child or when the minor child turns 18.
Guardianships should not be confused with adoption. In adoption, the parent’s rights permanently ended and the adoptive parents legally become the parents of the child. The courts do not supervise adoptive families and adoptions generally cannot be revoked. Whereas, the Las Vegas Family Court Judge monitors each guardianship case and there is mandatory paperwork that a guardian must file with the court at least once a year. The court can revoke the rights of a guardian at any time, when or if the parents are able to provide proper care for their child. The court can also provide the parent with specific rights to visitation with that child during the guardianship.
Hire an Experienced Las Vegas Guardianship Attorney
In the last few years, the State of Nevada has significantly overhauled the laws that apply to both adult and minor children guardianship cases. As such, the procedure for obtaining and maintaining a guardianship over a loved one is even more complex and demanding. Therefore, you should seek the advice of an experienced guardianship attorney to assist you with obtaining the guardianship and complying with all of the rules regarding oversight of your guardianship. Throne & Hauser can help you navigate the complex legal guardianship process so you can focus on insuring the proper care and love for the minor child or adult in of a guardianship.
Additionally, if you are a parent seeking to terminate someone else’s guardianship over your child, Throne & Hauser can help you fight to terminate the guardianship.
Speak to an Experienced Las Vegas Guardianship Attorney Today
When your family is faced with the need to establish a guardianship over an adult or minor child, the task can seem daunting. At Throne & Hauser, we understand the process and will walk you through each step. For more information please contact our office to schedule a free consultation with an experienced Las Vegas Guardianship Attorney.
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