Mississippi Guardianship Attorney and Lawyer
A guardian is a person, appointed by the court, who has legal authority and duty to care for another’s person or property, generally because of the others status as a minor. A guardian can be appointed over the person and estate of the ward or over the person or estate of the ward. For example, if a minor sustains injuries in a vehicle accident and the settlement or recovery exceeds $10,000, the law requires that a guardian be appointed by the court to manage the funds. However, the guardian would not normally be appointed to govern the person of the minor. On the other hand, in situations where the parents of a minor, for example, may be killed in an accident or disaster, a grandparent may petition the court to be appointed guardian over the person and the estate of the minor. The chancery court has the authority to appoint a guardian over a minor to the exclusion of his parents if his parents are found to have abandoned the minor, voluntary relinquish the minor, or are unfit. Normally the court will require the guardian to post a bond in an amount to sufficiently make reparations in the event of misconduct or mistake. The law requires the guardian prepare and fill an accounting each year of the receipts and disbursements on behalf of the minor and this accounting must be approved by the court. At the Law Offices of Attorney John R. Reeves, P.C., we have handled numerous guardianship over the years based on many reasons. Let our experience work for you in guiding you in the important decision whether to file for guardianship, in filing for the guardianship and in assisting you in the management of the guardianship.
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