Guardianship Attorneys in Alexandria

Representing Families in Virginia, Maryland, & Washington D.C.

When we think of guardianship, we may think of an adult-child relationship. But not all wards are minors. Some have been incapacitated or seriously injured in an accident. Others were born with certain disabilities or psychological disorders. If someone is elderly, they may be particularly vulnerable to fraud or undue duress because of age-related complications.

No matter the specific circumstances, a guardianship (also called a conservatorship) is a legal arrangement where one individual is under the care, supervision, and authority of another. A person can also be the guardian of someone’s estate. Most often, a guardian is a family member, a close friend, or someone appointed by the court.

Navigating guardianship law is highly complex and can be a serious undertaking without professional guidance. At Tesfaye Law, we have represented parties on all sides of the guardianship arrangement. Whether you need a guardian, you want or need to become a guardian, or you currently have a ward, we have the skills and experience needed to advocate for your needs and rights.

If you need to modify or establish a guardianship, call our team at (703) 454-8865 today. We can begin with a complimentary consultation.

Rights and Responsibilities in Guardianship Cases

When a person is unable to make safe and sound decisions for themselves, a court can decide to appoint a guardian. This arrangement may be temporary, such as if the ward was injured but is expected to make a full recovery. Other temporary guardianships include those established for minors.

A court may appoint a guardian for a minor if the minor’s biological parents are unable to care for them. Unlike adoption, however, the biological parents may still need to provide financial support. They may legally retain their parental rights, as well.

If a person has a legal guardian, they may have limited rights or privileges in areas such as:

  • Choosing where they live
  • Consenting to or denying medical treatment/end-of-life care
  • Purchasing or selling property
  • Obtaining a driver’s license
  • Obtaining a weapon
  • Entering or dissolving a marriage
  • Filing a lawsuit
  • Voting

The guardian, in turn, may have the following responsibilities:

  • Making decisions the ward is no longer legally able to make
  • Consenting to non-medical services on the ward’s behalf (e.g. counseling, education, etc.)
  • Helping the ward maintain as much autonomy as possible
  • Managing the ward’s estate (e.g. assets, investments, debt, etc.)
  • Annually reporting activities to the court

The ward’s exact rights and privileges depend on the specific guardianship arrangement. The ward may still attend all hearings or proceedings related to guardianship, and they can also retain representation by an attorney.

Let us guide you through the guardianship process. Our Alexandria guardianship attorneys are ready to advocate for those who need to be heard. Call (703) 454-8865 or get in touch with us online today.

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