Adoptions and guardianships are closely related. There is significant legal overlap in estate planning and family law. Our Central Michigan guardianship attorneys understand the challenges you face and can answer your questions regarding either topic.

At Barberi Law, we have extensive experience guiding clients through different stages of their lives. Often, we can lead a client from temporary guardianship to full guardianship to adoption. This process can be complex and frustrating, and we are prepared to answer all of our clients’ questions, such as:

  • Why should I hire an attorney?
  • What qualifications are needed to become a guardian?
  • Is guardianship limited to special-needs or minor children?
  • What is termination of parental rights?
  • What is the difference between a guardianship and a conservatorship?

These and many more questions can be answered by our skilled estate planning attorneys. No matter your situation, we encourage you to contact our office and schedule a consultation with an experienced lawyer.

Mount Pleasant Adoption, Guardianship and Conservatorship Attorneys Answer Your Questions

In order to understand your rights, you need answers to the following basic questions about guardianships and conservatorships in Michigan:

  • What is a guardianship?
    If an individual is found in need of protection or has been declared mentally or physically incapacitated, the court will appoint a guardian. The court can also appoint guardians for minors whose parents can no longer take care of them or are abusive. A guardian will then look after the individual and help him or her make decisions regarding health, education, living arrangements, finances and life in general.
  • Does a guardian have to be a relative?
    No. A guardian can be a relative, friend, neighbor, or lawyer. In some instances, a guardian can actually be a state-run agency. The most important factor is the healthy growth and development of the individual.
  • When is a conservatorship needed?
    When the court finds that an individual is vulnerable to possible financial exploitation or incapable of managing their finances, the court can appoint an individual or an institution to manage finances to protect a vulnerable adult.


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If you have questions regarding guardianship and adoption in Michigan, we encourage you to contact Barberi Law. If you would like to schedule a consultation to discuss your specific situation, call (989) 546-7124, or complete our online contact form.

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