About Guardianship & Step Parent Adoption in Maryland
Consult with the Law Offices of Dwight W. Clark, L.L.C., to learn more about guardianship and adoption. At our law firm, we offer the advice and support you need as you go through the legal process. Guardianship and step parent adoption in Maryland authorize you to take responsibility for individuals you care about. Whether you are blending your spouse’s children into your extended family or taking on the care of an aging loved one, these steps give you the authorization you need to make decisions on their behalf.
Our family law attorneys in Columbia, MD, provide the resources you need to accomplish these goals. We understand how important these matters are, so we ensure that your case receives the individualized attention it deserves. Our firm is committed to ensuring that your proceedings run smoothly. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us when you need to speak with a Columbia divorce lawyer or adoption lawyer for advice on your family law-related matters. We work diligently to defend the best interest of you and your family.
Because the hearing is generally held in the judge’s chambers, families take pride in the event. They dress up, perhaps take pictures, and the hearing is generally treated as a ceremony.
In the weeks leading up to this important date we work with you to make sure that everything is ready, collecting documentation for the adoption clerk, making sure all papers are in order, and ensuring that the uninvolved parent has given up all parental rights and responsibilities. In cases where the parent is deceased or cannot be located, we draft needed affidavits or publication notices to convince the court of the parent’s lack of involvement.
We want this day to be special for you and your family so we lay the groundwork for a seamless transition.
Assisting With Guardianships To Care For Loved Ones
When the parents of a child in your extended family have died and you wish to take responsibility of ensuring that your niece, nephew or grandchild will be cared for emotionally and financially, you may wish to step into the role of guardian. Sometimes a parent’s substance abuse or mental health issues preclude them from adequately parenting their children and you want to do something about it.
We help those who wish to be guardians take the steps necessary to take on this responsibility. We examine your assets, as well as those of the estate left to the children after their parents have died, to ensure that your wards are adequately cared for.
In addition, our firm assists families that wish to act as guardians to elder relatives who cannot make medical or financial decisions on their own anymore.