Protecting North Carolina Children Through Guardianship
North Carolina’s Department of Aging and Adult Services handles all guardianship proceedings for children and adults. Guardianship is important when a child or adult needs ongoing support and guidance from a competent adult. At Daly Mills Family Law, we advise our clients on all issues related to guardians and advocate on our clients’ behalf in guardianship hearings and proceedings.
What Is Guardianship?
Guardianship is a formal determination by the court that a guardian will make decisions for a child or incompetent adult. Prior to a guardianship determination by the court, it’s likely that there will be social work evaluations, medical analysis, and psychological evaluations. In many cases, an adult guardianship is established for an adult who is disabled, elderly or otherwise unable to make financial, health care and other important decisions.
There are two types of guardians: guardians of the person and guardians of the estate. A guardian who does both is called a general guardian. While the guardian of the person helps make personal decisions on behalf of the ward, a guardian of the estate makes financial and property decisions for the individual’s estate.
If a guardianship is established, the guardian may be able to make the following types of decisions:
- Deciding where the individual will live
- Consenting to receive medical or psychological treatment
- Arranging education services, employment, and training
- Taking legal action to protect the individual
- Managing investments, income and bills
Contact Our Child Guardianship Attorneys
When you are considering establishing a guardianship for an adult or child, contact us online or call our Statesville office at 866-575-2011 to speak with our knowledgeable and caring family law attorneys.