Brooklyn Guardianship Law
A Brooklyn Family Attorney can encounter two types of guardianship matters. The first is where a child is involved, and the parents are no longer able to care for them. The second type of case involves an incapacitated adult (over 18 years old), who is unable to physically care for themselves. Throughout the New York area, Guardianship cases for minor children are heard primarily in Family Court. If the case involves an incapacitated adult the matter will be heard in the Supreme Court. If you are involved in a Guardianship matter it is important to contact a Brooklyn Guardianship Lawyer from the office of Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC right away. We can help you through this difficult time and provide you with free legal advice. We have an office conveniently located in your area, from New York City, or surrounding counties such as Suffolk County, Nassau County and Westchester County.
Pursuing a guardianship is a big decision. A Brooklyn Family Lawyer will explain that opening a Guardianship case is appropriate when:
- A person is concerned for the welfare of an individual (either a minor child or incapacitated adult), and feels they can no longer handle their affairs or live without assistance. The Guardianship is necessary to maintain their estate and oversee and protect their health, well-being and education.
A Guardianship is appropriate for a child when the child is a victim of abuses and/or neglect or a parent is unable to care for the child. It would also be recommended where they are not being provided the basic necessities to live, or their parents have abandoned them. The appointed guardian will act with the same level of responsibility as either parent (grandparents rights). The guardian will be make all decisions for the child’s welfare, and be responsible for providing for the child’s education, physical welfare, as well as providing food and shelter. If a child’s welfare is at stake, it is important to contact a Brooklyn Guardianship Lawyer today. At Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC we can help protect the rights of the child and provide legal guidance. We have locations to serve you throughout New York, including Nassau County and Westchester County.
Filing for Guardianship of an adult requires that the person is deemed to be incapacitated physically and/or emotionally, and be over the age of 18 years. The Guardianship can be characterized as either contested or uncontested. Usually, the person in question is brought to court by a family member or close friend. The court will hear the case and conduct an evaluation, and possibly consult with a medical professional. If appointed, the guardian may be responsible for their personal physical care, or the person’s estate, or both. Situations of voluntary guardianship are sometimes seen in relation to the care of elderly individuals.
A Brooklyn Guardianship Lawyer will explain that a Guardianship is a serious legal matter, as it affects a person’s rights. It is a Family Law matter of substantial consequence because you are deciding who will make decisions on behalf of another person. Lessen the stress and family burden this matter can cause and contact Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC to create the best situation possible for your loved one. We have expertise in Family Law matters of all varieties, such as Conservatorship and Guardianship, as well as Child Custody and Child Visitation. We can meet a location convenient for you, from Manhattan to Long Island. Call us at 800.696.9529.