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Michigan Laws on Guardianships

A “guardian” is someone who is chosen or appointed by the court to make legal decisions for another person who is unable to make those decisions on their own. Guardianship is often over a child or an individual who has become incapacitated through age or disability. The guardian has the right to make all decisions concerning the child, and is legally responsible for the child.  Call our law firm to determine if a guardianship is the right choice for you.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is a guardianship?

A:      A guardian is someone who takes care of a child’s needs. This typically includes such things as shelter, education, food and medical care. Guardians also usually manage the finances of the child.  Michigan has two types of guardianships:  Limited and Full. Determining which one you need depends on the circumstances of the child and the child’s parents.

Q: What is the difference between a limited guardianship and a full guardianship?

A:    A limited guardianship requires the consent of a legal parent and involves a parenting plan which details the contact and support between a parent and child. Full guardianship is acquired without the consent of a parent and involves a scheduled visit from a worker from Child Protective Services. In addition, no parenting plan is put in involving support or visiting of the child by a parent.

Q: How much are the filing fees for a guardianship?

A:  I Filing fees range between $175 and $200.

Q: How long does a guardianship last?

A:  A guardianship is perpetual but there is a form that needs to submitted yearly informing the court of how the child is doing in the home. In addition, a parent may petition the court to terminate the guardianship and a hearing would be held in front of a judge.

Q: Can a guardian adopt a child?

A:  A guardian must first petition the court for permission to adopt the child. A notice must be served to all interested parties, such as the biological parents and the biological parents rights must be terminated either by consent or in a hearing in front to a judge.

Q: What are your fee requirements??

A:  You can retain our office for legal representation for a modest retainer fee.  We will charge you an hourly fee thereafter for work performed.  Payments are due on a monthly basis, for work performed after the retainer fee is exhausted. Most guardianships run between $1500.00 and $2000.00.

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