Are you looking to get legal rights over a child? For residents in the Sacramento and Placer counties, Olga A. Koplik is a trusted guardianship attorney with extensive experience in handling family law cases. Contact The Law Office of Olga A. Koplik, PC. to schedule a consultation.

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Know Your Options Before Filing a Petition

Before you file a petition for guardianship, you should consider whether or not it’s really necessary or if there are other alternatives. An experienced Sacramento family law attorney like Olga A. Koplik can help you determine if guardianship is the best course of action or if there are alternative paths you may want to consider. With our expertise, we help you assess the situation thoroughly, weighing the options and potential outcomes. Our goal is to ensure that you make informed decisions that serve the best interests of your loved ones.



Most common reasons for petitioning for guardianship:

    • One or both parents have a serious physical or mental illness

    • One or both parents have to go to rehab

    • One or both parents have a drug or alcohol abuse problem

    • One or both parents are in the military and have to go overseas

    • One or both parents have a history of abuse

    • One or both parents have abandoned the child

Understanding Guardianship

Guardianship is a legal arrangement where a person (the guardian) is appointed by the court to make decisions on behalf of another person (the ward) who is unable to make those decisions themselves due to age, incapacity, or disability. There are two primary types of guardianship: guardianship of a person and guardianship of an estate, each serving distinct purposes. By working with an experienced guardianship lawyer, you can determine which is the best for your situation.

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Types of Guardianship

The need for guardianship arises when an individual is unable to make decisions for themselves due to age, disability, or other factors. In such cases, a guardian is appointed to act in the child’s best interests and ensure that their needs are met. Understanding the distinctions between guardianship of a person and guardianship of an estate is crucial for anyone involved in the guardianship process.

  • Guardianship of the person: Guardianship of the person means the guardian will have custody of the child and have the same duties and responsibilities that a parent would. That means it is their duty to provide food, clothing, shelter, medical care, and education.
  • Guardianship of the estate: Guardianship of the estate means the guardian will have the authority to manage the child’s income, money, or property until they are of legal age (18). A guardianship of the estate is needed when a child owns or receives valuable property or money through inheritance and there is no surviving parent to be the guardian.

In certain circumstances, an adult may be awarded guardianship for both the person and the estate of the child. This comprehensive guardianship arrangement gives the guardian full authority and responsibility for all aspects of the child's care and financial affairs.

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Advocacy and Support

Navigating the complexities of guardianship proceedings can be daunting, but with an experienced guardianship lawyer in your corner, you can navigate the process with confidence. Our dedicated team is committed to providing unwavering support and representation, ensuring that your rights are protected at every step of the way. We understand the importance of advocating fiercely for your loved ones' best interests, both in and out of the courtroom.

With our comprehensive legal knowledge and compassionate approach, we work tirelessly to achieve the best possible outcome for your family. Whether you're facing challenges in establishing guardianship or need assistance with ongoing guardianship responsibilities, we are here to provide the guidance and advocacy you need. Trust us to stand by your side and fight for the well-being and rights of your loved ones.

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Tailored Legal Solutions

At our firm, we understand that family dynamics can be complex and each situation is different. We believe in taking the time to truly listen and understand the specific needs and concerns of each client. This allows us to create personalized legal strategies that are tailored to your unique situation, with the goal of achieving the best possible outcome for both you and your loved ones. Our team is dedicated to providing compassionate and comprehensive support throughout the legal process, and we are committed to helping you navigate through any challenges that may arise.

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Get Help From An Experienced Sacramento Family Law Attorney

At The Law Office of Olga A. Koplik, PC., we combine expertise, compassion, and dedication to deliver exceptional legal representation for guardianship cases. Let us be your trusted partner in safeguarding what matters most. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and take the first step toward securing a brighter tomorrow for your family.

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The Law Office of Olga A. Koplik, PC. puts more than 20 years of experience to work on behalf of our clients, and we’re proud to offer legal advice and representation that’s knowledgeable and ethical. If you have a legal matter in dispute, contact us online or by phone today!