Coeur d'Alene Guardianship Lawyers

Providing Skilled Legal Guidance in All of North Idaho

In Idaho, you can seek to become the guardian of a minor (under certain circumstances) or an incapacitated adult. This role would allow you to protect the individual's well-being, as well as make important decisions concerning their care, living arrangements, and education. A guardianship is court-appointed, which means you must proceed through various legal processes to establish it. Making a strong case for your appointment as a guardian requires an understanding of the laws concerning your rights, as well as those of the minor or incapacitated adult you are seeking to protect. Thus, it is most effective to handle the matter with a skilled attorney by your side.

At Walsh & Lewis PLLC, our Coeur d'Alene guardianship attorneys have over two decades of combined legal experience, and we are well-versed in family law matters. Our team recognizes the challenges and sensitive nature of seeking an appointment as a guardian, which is why we will approach your case with compassion and understanding. Although the processes for obtaining guardianship are similar, each case is unique, and we will be dedicated to delivering the personalized representation you need and deserve. As we guide you through the process, we will maintain our commitment to providing quality service and to upholding our core values of integrity, initiative, and impact.

Our attorneys will listen to your needs and work toward a favorable outcome in your case. Call us at (208) 712-8292 or contact us onlinetoday.

What Is Guardianship?

In Idaho, guardianship is a process by which an individual is appointed to make certain decisions for a minor or incapacitated adult. A relative, spouse, adult child, parent, or other competent, interested person may serve as a guardian.

For children, the court may appoint a guardian if the minor has been:

  • Neglected;
  • Abused;
  • Abandoned; or
  • Denied a stable home environment

A child (or children) may also need a guardian if a prior court order has terminated their parents' rights.

For adults, a guardian may be appointed if they are incapacitated, meaning that they have an impairment that prevents them from making sound decisions concerning their care.

A guardian is not responsible for the ward's finances. A conservator handles that duty. A conservatorship can be established at the same time as a guardianship, but the two do not always go hand in hand. Our attorneys can help with both the guardianship and conservatorship processes.

What Are the Responsibilities of a Guardian?

When appointing a guardian, the court is concerned with protecting the ward's best interest and ensuring that the ward receives the care and protection they need. Because each case is unique, the responsibilities may differ from one guardian to the next.

In general, a guardian's duties include:

  • Establishing a place for the ward to live
  • Arranging for training and education
  • Making decisions concerning care, comfort, and maintenance
  • Giving consent for medical care or other treatment
  • Caring for personal effects
  • Reporting to the court annually about the ward's well-being and affairs

What Is the Procedure for Seeking Appointment as a Guardian?

The process for establishing guardianship of an adult or a child begins with filing a petition with the court.

After the petition is submitted, the court will schedule a hearing. During this proceeding, the interested person must present evidence showing why the child or adult needs a guardian and how their appointment in this role will serve the best interests of the potential ward.

At Walsh & Lewis PLLC, our Coeur d'Alene guardianship lawyers can help prepare the petition and for the hearing to ensure all relevant and necessary information is presented.

Consult with Our Firm Today

If you want to establish a guardianship and/or conservatorship, reach out to Walsh & Lewis PLLC. We will provide the advocacy you need and will work to protect the best interests of you and your loved one.

For legal representation in North Idaho, call us at (208) 712-8292 or submit an online contact form

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