Guardianship Lawyer in St. Louis

When an individual is concerned about the well-being of a child and would like to care for that child, the individual can be established as a guardian of the child. There is a strict legal procedure that must be followed to establish guardianship, and it is wise to obtain representation from a lawyer to ensure the procedure is handled correctly.

At the Law Office of Amy L. Gervich, our attorneys help individuals in the greater St. Louis area, including Clayton, to obtain guardianship of minors. If you are concerned about the conditions in which a child you know is living, you can take an active step to bring that child into your loving, safe environment. Contact our St. Louis guardianship attorneys today to arrange a consultation.

We Can Help You Establish Legal Guardianship of a Minor

As with all legal issues involving a child, the best interests of the child will be the key factor in determining if guardianship is granted. Guardianship is often used by grandparents, aunts, uncles and other concerned family members when one or both parents have been deemed unfit. A parent's "unfitness" can be due to:

  • Drug use
  • Alcohol abuse
  • Child abuse and neglect
  • Incarceration

Once you assume legal guardianship of the child, legal and physical custody of the child is transferred to you, but parental rights are not terminated. In some situations, a legal guardian will eventually want to adopt the child, and parental rights must be terminated for this to occur.

Our guardianship attorneys are knowledgeable about the laws that exist to help potential guardians reach their goals. While it may seem like a daunting and complex task, with help from our attorneys, you can step in to help a child. Whether you are a grandma, grandpa, aunt, uncle or other relative, we understand that you are worried about the future of the child or children. We work hard to protect your rights and the best interests of the children in your life.

Contact Us Today for a Free Consultation With a Guardianship Attorney in St. Louis

We offer free initial consultations to discuss your rights and options. Contact our Missouri law firm to arrange your consultation.