How to become the legal guardian of this minor?
September 19, 2013 6:34 PM Subscribe
How to become the legal guardian of this minor? My daughter-in-law, Dil, has a brother Kiddo, a minor aged 15, whose father is deceased and whose mother is currently hospitalized, and is unable to care for him. I have a raft of questions, one of which is How to find a competent, affordable, lawyer.
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Kiddo's Mom was unable to care for him before hospitalization, and does not expect to be able to care for him. She asked Son and Dil to care for him, including moving to Colorado. She is in Hawai'i; Kiddo and Dil are from Hawai'i. Kiddo, Dil, and my son are in Colorado, where Son is in the US Military, and Kiddo is attending school. My son and Dil have a document giving them power of attorney for Kiddo. Kiddo receives Social Security Survivor benefits. But Kiddo has some urgent medical needs well beyond what those benefits will cover. Son and Dil want to become legal guardians of Kiddo so that he can be enrolled in Son's health care plan, and Son can possibly receive a dependent allowance. Kiddo is on board. They don't expect to need conservatorship.
Son and Dil have been married under a year, and took this on without adequate preparation, but they love Kiddo, and are providing a stable, healthy home. Kiddo has lived with other siblings and family members, but hasn't had good health or dental care, so there are some big bills looming.
- Is Kiddo eligible for other social services, like food stamps, or anything else, based on being on SS survivors benefits?
- If Son and Dil become guardians, does that jeopardize Kiddo's SS survivor benefit?
- It looks like Son and Dil can do a lot of this, and have a lawyer review it? is that a reasonable assumption?
- How to find an affordable and competent attorney in Colorado Springs?
- What have I not asked?
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