Poughkeepsie Guardianship Lawyer
Seeking Guardianship in New York?
There are many different circumstances which can lead to the need to petition for guardianship rights. If a member of your family has passed away or there is an instance of neglect which calls for you to step in, turn to our Poughkeepsie family lawyers.
We have represented thousands of cases over the years, including helping clients like yourself obtain guardianship rights over minors whose parents cannot provide care for them. With more than 60 years of collective experience in the field of family law, you can rely on the experience and compassion of our legal team at Steven H. Klein & Associates.
Guardianship Cases Involving Minors
Difficult and often tragic circumstances surround the need to fight for guardianship rights. A request for guardianship over a minor child may be made by any competent adult over the age of 18. In most cases, the party making the request is a grandparent, aunt, uncle, or other near relation of the minor child. However, there are situations in which a close family friend may make a petition for guardianship.
Regardless of who seeks guardianship rights, you must establish that there is a clear and compelling need for a guardian. In other words, the individual seeking to become a guardian must have substantial evidence showing that the child’s parents are unwilling or unable to provide care.
The circumstances which may require guardianship include:
- When one or both parents are killed
- When one or both parents are medically incapacitated
- When one or both parents abandon the child
- When there are instances of abuse or neglect
- When there are instances of alcohol or drug abuse
- When there is a case involving criminal behavior
Providing Compassionate Legal Representation
Having to make the decision to become a guardian to a young family member or child in need is not an easy one. Our Poughkeepsie guardianship attorneys understand the gravity of the responsibility you’re taking on. We take the time to fully explain all of the rights and responsibilities that come with being a guardian in New York, as well as what type of guardianship applies to your situation.
Contact our firm today at (845) 203-2287 to learn more during a complimentary case consultation.