Learn More About How You Can Protect Your Loved One With a Guardianship

Our estate planning attorneys can advise you on whether setting up guardianship would be best for your family. This is a serious consideration, so it is advisable that you seek expert legal help.

In Colorado, guardianship vests the care and financial control of an individual by a third party. Many guardianship cases involve children whose parents can’t care for them or aging parents who can no longer care for themselves. Often, grandparents want to become guardians of their grandchildren, and adult children want to be appointed as guardians of their aging parents. Guardianship matters are complex, so reach out to an estate planning attorney at Carlson, Edwards, and O’Connor for advice.

Why Guardianship May Be Necessary

A court appoints a guardian if it’s clear that a vulnerable individual won’t otherwise get the care they need and deserve. For example, some elderly people reach a stage where they can no longer manage their finances. Without someone to oversee their financial transactions, they may fall victim to scams. 

If you believe your aging relative can no longer pay their bills, collect outstanding funds, or make investments, you may want to talk to an attorney about whether you can be appointed as their guardian. Since another individual’s rights are involved, the courts don’t take guardianship lightly. Guardianship is covered under Title 15, Article 14 of the Colorado Revised Statutes.

Another common situation arises when parents can’t provide for their minor children or make sound decisions on their behalf. This may be due to drug or alcohol dependence. In such a situation grandparents or relatives may apply for guardianship. This can range from temporary or permanent physical custody to legal custody which allows them to make medical decisions for the child. A guardianship arrangement may be necessary if a child is being abused, neglected, or otherwise harmed.

Why Contact an Estate Planning Attorney

You can apply for guardianship on your own, but this isn’t advised. The process is complicated as you will need to prove to the court that you are a suitable guardian. Our attorneys know exactly how the process goes and we understand the legal arguments our clients have to make. There’s no need to try to navigate the legal system on your own. If you’re considering guardianship, contact us and we’ll help you decide whether this is the best course of action.

We offer family law services to clients in:

  • Frisco
  • Edwards
  • Nearby areas
  • Eagle County 
  • Avon

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