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West Virginia Guardianship and Conservatorship Lawyer

Lauren R. Darden
Lauren R. Darden
ldarden@wawlaw.com
540.434.0316
P. Marshall Yoder, Of Counsel
P. Marshall Yoder, Of Counsel
pmyoder@wawlaw.com
540.434.0316

Wharton Aldhizer & Weaver, PLC

100 South Mason Street
P.O. Box 20028
Harrisonburg, VA 22801
United States

Consult with a Proven West Virginia Guardianship and Conservatorship Lawyer

The proven West Virginia guardianship lawyers at Wharton Aldhizer & Weaver, PLC are experienced in the effective resolution of child and elder guardianship claims in West Virginia. West Virginia guardianship attorneys are knowledgeable in all areas of general guardianship law, including but not limited to mental disability and incompetency claims in West Virginia, West Virginia. Clients will have the confidence of knowing that their case is being handled by an experienced and knowledgeable West Virginia guardianship lawyer.

The West Virginia guardianship attorneys have experience representing clients in matters involving:

  • West Virginia Adult Guardianship Lawyer
  • West Virginia Advance Directives Lawyer
  • West Virginia Conservatorship Lawyer
  • West Virginia Dependent Adult Abuse Lawyer
  • West Virginia Elder Guardianship Lawyer
  • West Virginia Guardianship Ad Litem Lawyer
  • West Virginia Guardianship Administration Lawyer
  • West Virginia Guardianship Lawyer
  • West Virginia Incompetency Proceedings Lawyer
  • West Virginia Mental Disability Lawyer

Experienced West Virginia Guardianship Attorney

In West Virginia a guardianship, often referred to as a conservatorship, is a relationship formed by law when an individual or institution as assigned by the court or stated in a will to accept the care of minor children.

To become a guardian of a child either the party intending to be the guardian or another family member, a close friend or a local official responsible for a minor’s welfare will petition the court to appoint the guardian. The guardianship of a minor remains under court supervision until the child reaches majority at 18. The judge does not have to honor the request when someone is named in a will as guardian of one’s child in case of the death of the parent; it is construed as a preference, but is usually honored. The term “guardian” may also refer to someone who is appointed to care for and/or handle the affairs of a person who is incompetent or incapable of administering his/her affairs. Guardians must not benefit at the expense of those they care for (wards), and in many cases are required to make accountings to the court on a periodic basis. In some courts, a guardian may be reimbursed for attorney fees related to the guardianship. Court rules regarding accountings of expenses and requirements of guardians vary and local court rules should be consulted.

In some states, if the child is a certain age or older, the court must appoint the person nominated by the child unless the court finds the nomination contrary to the child’s best interest. The court may not appoint a person against whom the child has filed a written objection. In adult guardianships, the judge is often required to make a reasonable effort to consider the preference of the person with a disability in selecting the guardian. The judge typically does not have to follow the person’s wishes, but must give due consideration to the preference of the person with a disability. Laws vary by jurisdiction, so local laws should be consulted for specific requirements in your area.

A guardianship of a child takes away the parents’ right to make decisions about their child’s life. However, it does not permanently terminate parental rights. This means that although the guardian now has custody and is responsible for raising the child, the parents are still the child’s legal parents.

The court can order a guardian to let the parents visit or contact the child, but the court may also put limits or other conditions on the visitation, such as requiring that any visitation be supervised. The time and frequency of parental visitation is often is up to the guardian (or the court) to decide. Parents may, in some cases, regain custody of their child in the future if the court determines the guardianship is no longer in their child’s best interests.

Local laws vary, but many courts require certain interested parties to be served with notice of guardianship hearings. Such notices often have to be legally served upon the person, with a sworn statement of the person making the service later returned to the court as proof of such service. In some cases, the court may waive the notice requirements. Local court rules should be consulted to determine applicability in your area.

A local West Virginia guardianship attorney should be consulted for specific requirements in your area. The West Virginia guardianship lawyers are professional and knowledgeable in understanding the details, facts, complications, and circumstances that arise in a guardianship case.

Trusted West Virginia Guardianship and Conservatorship Law Firm

The West Virginia guardianship attorneys at Wharton Aldhizer & Weaver, PLC are distinguished by a history of successful guardianship claim recoveries through settlements and verdicts. For experienced representation in a guardianship dispute or conservatorship claim, contact the West Virginia guardianship lawyers at Wharton Aldhizer & Weaver, PLC in West Virginia.

Wharton Aldhizer & Weaver, PLC

100 South Mason Street
P.O. Box 20028
Harrisonburg, VA 22801
United States

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Wharton Aldhizer & Weaver, PLC

100 South Mason Street
P.O. Box 20028
Harrisonburg, VA 22801
United States

Law Firm Contact: Thomas E. Ullrich / Jeffrey R. Adams

Tel: 540.434.0316

Fax: 540.434.5502

Email: tullrich@wawlaw.com, jadams@wawlaw.com

Website: www.wawlaw.com

Member Since: 2014

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