By definition, a guardianship is when a court orders someone (other than the child’s parent) to have guardianship, or custody of the child. The guardian may manage the child’s property (called “estate”), too. Legal guardians have full legal authority over a minor and must take of their ward’s personal and financial interests. Typically, legal guardianship is used for incapacitated seniors. Many people confuse guardianship and adoption, however, there’s a strong legal difference.
An adoption is “the action or fact of adopting or being adopted.” More adoptions occur in California than any other state in the United States, and there are a variety of adoption options for you to choose from. A domestic adoption in California is adopting a non-relative child from the United States, international adopting is adopting a non-relative child from outside of the United States, stepparent adoption is adopting a child who is the legal child of one’s spouse, and adult adoption is the adoption of an adult from within the United States.
There are many different types of adoption, so contact LegalDocs4U to learn more details and to get the documentation process moving smoothly.