Legal Guardianship in California: what is it, and is it right for you?
Authors: Roxana Ahmadian and Ames Smith What is legal guardianship? A legal guardian assumes temporary responsibility for a child, generally until the child turns eighteen. In California, a legal guardianship is established when a court appoints an individual to care for a particular child and/or the child’s property. Although some guardianship cases are handled in dependency court, the majority of guardianship cases actually take place in probate court. How does legal guardi
INDEPENDENT VS. AGENCY ADOPTION: WHICH IS BEST FOR YOUR FAMILY?
Authors: Roxana Ahmadian & Ames Smith One of the first decisions couples or individuals face after they have made the initial decision to adopt is who to trust to handle the adoption process. In California, there are two main options for handling domestic adoptions: either the independent or agency route. Figuring out whether to go with an independent adoption or to an agency can be confusing and frustrating. However, by understanding what the differences are between the two