Missouri Guardianship Lawyers
Family Law Attorneys Supporting Your Decision
Expanding your family through guardianship or conservatorship is a wonderful thing. Not only can it bring a sense of joy and fulfillment to your life, but it also provides the much-needed comfort and stability to a child or disabled adult in need. Troubles can and do arise, however, during the guardianship and/or conservatorship process as complicated laws and litigation start to crop up both while your case is pending and after your Guardianship and/or Conservatorship is granted.
At Columbia Family Law Group, LLC, we are ready to provide your family with trusted representation and comprehensive legal counsel to ensure that your case goes as smoothly as possible. With the guidance from our team, you can prepare for the entire procedure, determine if you are eligible to become a Guardian and/or Conservator, and learn about your new responsibilities if your request is granted. Helping families expand through guardianship and bringing children into loving homes or providing security to disabled adults is our passion.
Do You Need a Guardianship, Conservatorship, or Both?
A guardian appointed by the Court has a duty to protect and look after a disabled or minor person who is unable to provide for himself. The Guardian of a minor is entitled to custody and control of the minor ward. The guardian is responsible for the minor’s education, support, and maintenance. The guardian or limited guardian of an incapacitated or disabled person is required to act in the best interest of the ward in relation to the adult ward’s care, treatment, habilitation, education, support, and maintenance. (This does not include being financially responsible for the cost of care of an adult ward). A limited guardian only has those powers and duties are specified by the court order.
A conservator is appointed to manage and protect the financial interests of a disabled or minor person. A conservator acts under the court’s supervision to manage the adult ward’s estate, including investment and accounting for the estate, among other duties.
When you file your case, you can request either guardianship or conservatorship, or pursue both in the same case. Contact our office to meet with an attorney and discuss which option is the best fit for your specific needs and goals.
If you have questions about guardianship and conservatorship law in Missouri, we encourage you to call a Columbia family law attorney from our firm at (573) 662-4514 today!
Are You Eligible to Become a Guardian or Conservator? We Can Find Out!
The desire to help a child or disabled adult through guardianship or conservatorship is truly an honorable goal. However, there are legal statutes in place that either allow or disallow someone from becoming a guardian and/or conservator. Before you begin the guardianship or conservatorship process, meet with us and we can discuss your eligibility.
Missouri guardianship and conservatorship laws require a few things before you can become eligible to become a Guardian or Conservator. You must:
- Be over the age of 18
- Be in good mental and physical health
- Pass a criminal background check
- Not be included on the Abuse and Neglect registry for adults or the sexual offender registry
- Not be disqualified by the Departments of Mental Health, Social Services, or Health and Senior Services
- Provide a complete credit history to the Court for review
- Complete a full assessment process
Contact us for Caring Guardianship and/or Conservatorship Representation
Many people looking to obtain guardianship or conservatorship are hopeful for the future but also understandably apprehensive due to the legal process as a whole and the sheer amount of paperwork required to pursue these types of cases. At Columbia Family Law Group, LLC, our Missouri family lawyers are committed to ensuring that your questions are answered, and your concerns directly addressed. We can outline your role as a guardian and/or conservator and make certain you are pursuing the most appropriate option according to your individual needs.