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Nassau County Guardianship Law

It is possible for a Nassau County Family Attorney to run into two different varieties of Guardianship cases. One type involves filing a case for a minor child, who the parents are having difficulty caring for or has been abandoned, possibly neglected or substantially mistreated (such as basic needs not being met). The second, more common type of case is brought to court where an adult is unable to take care of their daily physical needs. In New York, child Guardianship cases are dealt with through the Family Court. The Supreme Court addresses cases regarding adult Guardianship matters. If you or your family is concerned for the welfare a child or an incapacitated adult, call a Nassau County Guardianship Lawyer today.

Filing for Guardianship is a significant legal decision because it affects a person’s rights. A Nassau County Family Lawyer will begin by discussing the appropriate circumstances where a Guardianship should be pursued.

  • A person is concerned for the well-being of another (incapacitated adult or minor child). It is clear that the individual is incapable of taking care of their personal needs. The Guardianship is required to assure that the person will be taken care of physically, and that their estate will remain secure.

In New York, a Guardianship for child may be granted when the child has been abandoned, mistreated (failure to provide adequate care), or the child has experienced abuse (emotional or physical). The court-appointed guardian will be allowed to step in and begin to make decisions for the child and ensure they are adequately cared for (grandparents rights). The decisions the guardian will be expected to make involve all aspects of a child’s medical and physical needs, food, shelter and education. It is important to contact a Nassau County Guardianship Lawyer from the office of Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC today. We are located all through the NYC area including Manhattan, Suffolk County and Nassau County.

If it is clear that an adult does not have the basic physical and emotional skills to live on their own, a guardianship may be appropriate. A relative or friend will bring the individual to court. The court will investigate the case and perhaps consult with a medical doctor. If the case goes as planned, the court will appoint a guardian. This court-appointed guardian will be expected to make all decisions related to the individual’s physical care and possibility their property, or in some cases, both. Voluntary guardianships are frequently seen where the individual’s incapacity is related to old age and infirmity.

Because a guardianship directly affects a person’s legal rights, it needs to be handled expertly and with care. A Nassau County Guardianship Lawyer from our office can ensure that your friend or loved one will receive the care they deserve. We handle any area of Family Law, whether it is a Divorce matter or Guardianship case. We also can offer guidance for cases pertaining to Child Custody and/or Child Support. We have an office in your area, from Manhattan to Long Island. Call us to set up your free appointment at 800.696.9529.

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