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New Jersey Salvation Army attains guardianship for two children

A New Jersey grandmother contacted the local Salvation Army looking for help obtaining legal guardianship of her two minor grandchildren. The Salvation Army is working towards obtaining the legal guardianship for the grandmother and her grandchildren. The Salvation Army is also providing the family with appropriate family counseling services for the grandmother and grandchildren. The Salvation Army used holiday funds to finance the legal aid and support provided to the grandmother and two minor grandchildren.

The grandmother seeking guardianship is a 69-year-old retiree, who has been caring for her two grandchildren. The grandchildren are a 15-year-old granddaughter and a 14-year-old grandson. The grandchildren's mother was murdered in New Jersey and their father is in prison.

Once the grandmother attains legal guardianship, she will be able to provide financial management and decision-making for the children. Legal guardianship is the legal tool that provides the grandmother with these rights for her minor grandchildren. Since the two minor grandchildren's mother died and the father is in prison, the grandchildren do not have a legal parent who is able to make decisions on their behalf. The grandmother's legal guardianship will also allow her to make future decisions for the grandchildren regarding education, health and other issues.

If you or a loved one is in a situation that requires legal guardianship, an experienced estate planning attorney can provide advice that incorporates your individual circumstances and provide a plan of action that provides the best benefits for you and your loved one. By addressing these issues proactively, your loved ones are not scrambling to find a solution in the event of an unexpected situation.

Source: The Star-Ledger, "Holiday Fund helps grandmother get guardianship of her grandchildren," Janelle Griffith, Jan. 11, 2012

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