Need Help Becoming A Legal Guardian?

Oklahoma Legal Guardian Attorneys

Children, as well as many vulnerable adults and seniors, need someone to watch over them and make certain decisions — for safety's sake, financially and legally.

Seeking guardianship is a complex matter. It becomes even more complex if there are disagreements over who should serve as the guardian. Whether you want to establish legal guardianship of a minor or guardianship of an adult, you may benefit from enlisting a lawyer who is knowledgeable in Oklahoma guardianship laws.

At Nichols Dixon in Norman, our attorneys can guide you through this complex process. Not only do we want to help you take the steps you need to take to protect your loved one, but we also want to position you for success in your role by educating you about your rights and responsibilities as a guardian. We also recognize that haste may be critical.

Basic Principles Of Guardianship

Our family law lawyers can explain relevant laws and what is involved in the legal process of obtaining guardianship. Basic principles to consider include:

  • Legal guardianship of an adult can be sought when that person is incapable of managing his or her own affairs due to incapacitation from mental illness or retardation, developmental disability, physical illness or disability, or a drug or alcohol dependency.
  • Guardianship of a child may be necessary when a parent is unfit or unable to provide for the child's physical, emotional or financial well-being. It empowers the guardian to make legal decisions for the child, including those related to education and health care.

Helping People Step In And Take Responsibility For Others In Need

We are familiar with all the requirements associated with petitioning for guardianships in Oklahoma courts. Some of the more common situations in which legal guardianship may be necessary and practical to obtain include those involving:

  • Children whose parents are addicted to drugs or alcohol, engaged in criminal or dangerous behavior, or otherwise unfit to provide sufficient care
  • Children of parents who are deceased, incarcerated or institutionalized
  • Senior citizens who are alone, incapacitated and incapable of making sound decisions about money or living arrangements and conditions

Discuss Guardianship With Us

If you are considering seeking guardianship over an adult or child, contact Nichols Dixon today to schedule a consultation. We are happy to answer any questions about the process and discuss how we can help you move forward. Call 405-217-4118, or contact us by email.