How can I give a good friend temporary guardianship/custody without going thru the court system? 19 Answers as of June 28, 2013

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Dungan, Lady, Kirkpatrick & Dungan PLLC | Michael Dungan
The closest you can come to this without involving the court is to execute a Parental Power of Attorney.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 9/12/2012
Law Offices of Arlene D. Kock
Law Offices of Arlene D. Kock | Arlene D. Kock
Unfortunately, to make it legal, you need to go to court on a guardianship petition and get court orders.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 9/12/2012
Musilli Brennan Associates PLLC
Musilli Brennan Associates PLLC | John F Brennan
Grant them a power of attorney to care for, school and provide medical care.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 9/12/2012
The Law Office of Cathy R. Cook
The Law Office of Cathy R. Cook | Cathy R. Cook
You have to go through court.
Answer Applies to: Ohio
Replied: 9/12/2012
John Russo | John Russo
Depends on where you live, but to give full legal you must go through the system, now you may be able to obtain limited forms, like for school etc, by going through them (the school) for the paper work, but for more complex issues like medical etc, you need the courts.
Answer Applies to: Rhode Island
Replied: 9/12/2012
    The Law Offices of Robert W. Bellamy
    The Law Offices of Robert W. Bellamy | Robert W. Bellamy
    Why do you need to appoint guardianship? your answer will determine if you need to go to court.
    Answer Applies to: Alabama
    Replied: 6/28/2013
    John E. Kirchner, Attorney at Law
    John E. Kirchner, Attorney at Law | John Kirchner
    In Colorado you can give someone else a power of attorney delegating parental authority for up to one year at time. That is sufficient for most short term circumstances, but you should consult an attorney to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of using this as alternative to a court-appointed legal guardian.
    Answer Applies to: Colorado
    Replied: 9/12/2012
    Diefer Law Group, P.C.
    Diefer Law Group, P.C. | Abel Fernandez
    There is no binding legal way to do this. You can give the friend a power of attorney along with a consent letter but that can be challenged by other parent. So, unless there is a legal guardianship anything you do would be informal.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 9/12/2012
    Steven Alpers | Steven Alpers
    Guardianship is a legal proceeding. You could give a power of attorney, but doctors and schools may not accept that and may say we need a court order.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 9/12/2012
    The Davies Law Firm, P.A.
    The Davies Law Firm, P.A. | Robert F. Davies, Esq.
    probably the best way is a power of attorney.
    Answer Applies to: New Jersey
    Replied: 9/12/2012
    Victor Varga | Victor Varga
    You can't, but you can sign a temporary power of attorney (both biological parents should sign).
    Answer Applies to: Maryland
    Replied: 9/12/2012
    Leonard A. Kaanta, P.C. | Leonard A. Kaanta
    You can give a power of attorney for child care.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 9/12/2012
    Petit & Dommershausen SC
    Petit & Dommershausen SC | Tajara Dommershausen
    You can't technically give guardianship without a court order; however, you can do a power of attorney by the attached form. If the other parent also has custody, they are supposed to also give permission.
    Answer Applies to: Wisconsin
    Replied: 9/12/2012
    Law Office Of Jody A. Miller
    Law Office Of Jody A. Miller | Jody A. Miller
    You cannot do this without going through the court.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 9/12/2012
    Beaulier Law Office
    Beaulier Law Office | Maury Beaulier
    The answer depends on man things including the present custody situation and the relationship of the other parent with the child. You must consult with an attorney.
    Answer Applies to: Minnesota
    Replied: 9/12/2012
    Ezim Law Firm | Dean Esposito
    Sign a provisional custody by mandate.
    Answer Applies to: Louisiana
    Replied: 9/12/2012
    R. Jason de Groot, P.A
    R. Jason de Groot, P.A | R. Jason de Groot
    You cannot do this without going through the court system. If you draft a power of attorney, it may fool some people, but will not be worth the paper it is written upon legally. Guardianship is very expensive and time consuming. If the person is related, perhaps you could file a temporary custody by extended family.
    Answer Applies to: Florida
    Replied: 9/12/2012
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