Ms. Treynor can assist your family in adoptions, name changes and guardianships as well. Before you seek to change the birth name of a child, keep in mind that if you think an adoption may be in that child’s future, a name change will a part of that process automatically.
When do you need to file a guardianship as opposed to an adoption? An adoption is a termination of a birth parent’s legal claims to a child, and awards those claims to the adoptive parent. Adoptive parent become the “birth parents” for all intents and purposes, including rights of inheritance and the payment of support. A guardianship doesn’t terminate any parental rights, but assigns the obligation to safeguard the health, safety and welfare of the ward to the guardian. The need to place a grandchild on a medical insurance policy or place a child in school within the guardian’s district are common reasons to file for guardianship. Many special needs adults have guardians.