Guardianship in Mississippi

Mississippi Family Lawyer handles the full spectrum of guardianship cases.

In order to file for Mississippi guardianships, you’ll have to file a petition with the local court, undergo investigation from the court, testify in front of the court, and eventually be approved if a judge determines the guardianship is in the best interests of the ward.

How long does temporary guardianship last?

A temporary guardianship takes effect the day that all required parties sign the document, and automatically expires six months after that date.

How much money do you get for guardianship?

As guardian of the person, you are entitled to compensation for your time, upon court approval. The compensation cannot exceed five percent of the ward’s gross income. Attorney fees and other costs can and should be paid out of the ward’s income, upon court approval.

What is a guardian's allowance?

You could get Guardian’s Allowance if you’re bringing up a child whose parents have died. You may also be eligible if there’s one surviving parent. … You get it on top of Child Benefit and it’s tax-free. You must tell the Guardian’s Allowance Unit about certain changes to your circumstances.

What can a guardian not do?

You may not make a gift of estate assets to anyone. You may not borrow money from the estate. As a guardian, you may not use estate funds to purchase real property without a prior court order.

When can your request guardianship for an adult?

A guardianship may be ordered if an adult “lacks the ability to meet essential requirements for physical health and safety or self-care.” Less restrictive alternatives must be considered.

What kind of information is required?

The guardian or conservator must disclose bankruptcy filings, any felony convictions, any crimes involving dishonestly or neglect or violence, or any other relevant crime.

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