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Do you need guardianship rights over an elder parent or a disabled minor?

For many, obtaining guardianship is a straightforward process. However, disputes can arise. These simple matters can quickly turn complex.

At the law firm of Sjoberg & Votta, our attorneys have decades of experience. We have knowledge and can assist you in seeing that appropriate guardianship rights are established for your loved one. If a challenge arises, we work to overcome it.

Why Is It Important to Establish Guardianship Rights?

There are two common scenarios involved in guardianship cases:

  • The first is when an elderly person is no longer able to make decisions on his or her own. Typically, the person’s child pursues guardianship rights. Grandchildren, brothers or sisters may also seek these rights.
  • The second common scenario is when a disabled minor reaches adulthood. Parents seek guardianship rights in order to maintain decision-making rights for the child.

A guardian is able to make all-important decisions for the person. This includes decisions involving health care and finances. Often, this is what leads to disputes.

How Are Guardianship Disputes Resolved?

Guardianship disputes tend to be estate disputes. Different parties may compete to obtain guardianship rights in order to obtain control over the person’s finances. These disputes are actually resolved in probate court.

Our law firm handles estate litigation. Other lawyers enlist us when they need help. We have earned this reputation by working hard to achieve positive outcomes in guardianship disputes and other estate planning matters.

Discuss Your Case With Us

Call us at 401-737-9696 or send us an email to schedule a consultation about guardianship rights.

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Meet the Team

Partner Paul J. Votta Jr’s focus is on family law (including divorce), business and tax law.
Learn more about Mr. Votta’s credentials here.

Managing Partner Mark A. Sjoberg has earned a reputation in the field of estate law that few others can match. Learn more about Mr. Sjoberg’s experience now.

William J. Stanton focuses his practice on Estate and Guardianship Administration, Elder Law, Medicaid Planning, Family Law, and Litigation and Appeals.

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