Guardianship can be a confusing concept for Nevada families. Most believe that it is only applicable for children whose parents are no longer living or unable to care for the child. It can also apply to children who inherit a great deal of assets and need a legally appointed person to assist them with managing it. The guardian numerous makes decisions for his or her ward, so selecting that person is a very important process.
Typically, the guardian will already have established ties to the ward, either because of familial relation, the ward’s selection of that person or by being an employee of the state who knows the child. Sometimes, even if parents are still living, a guardian may still be appointed if the two of them are ruled to be unfit or otherwise not capable of taking care of the ward. This is typically the case when adoption is not feasible for some reason.
The guardian is expected to act in the best interests of the ward at all times. He or she may house the child, request public assistance if needed for the child, initiate lawsuits for the child or serve in other legal capacities. The guardian is responsible for handling the finances that go toward the care of the child. In short, a guardian will provide the same type of care and attention that a parent would offer. If the child reaches the age of majority — 18 in Nevada — and no longer requires the care of his or her guardian, the guardianship can be ended.
There are many other factors that influence how guardianship is handled here in Nevada. Those who have further questions about being a guardian for a minor child may wish to seek out advice on this important subject. Providing for a child is a significant responsibility, but it can offer a great personal reward.
Source: FindLaw, “Guardianship of Minors“, , Aug. 30, 2014