Guardianship, Family, Adoption And Conservatorship Lawyer

Payne Law Office is a full-service family law practice that has experience with Guardianship, Family Adoption, and Conservatorship. Attorney Judith Payne helps clients seeking stepparent and grandparent adoptions as well as clients with needs that can be fulfilled through guardianship or conservatorship arrangements.

Adoption In Minnesota

Adoption laws are complicated and circumstances vary widely. More and more grandparents are beginning to officially adopt their grandchildren or become custodial guardians for financial reasons, underage parents or parents who travel frequently (e.g., military parents). However, grandparents’ rights are usually trumped by biological parents’ rights except in rare circumstances of neglect, abuse or other facts that deem biological parents as unfit in the eyes of the court.Adoption Attorney

Stepparent adoptions are more common in cases where an absentee former spouse has had his or her parental rights terminated, or if a noncustodial parent from a previous marriage is seeking or willing to give up child support obligations.

Judith can advise and represent your best interests as defendant or plaintiff in any situation.

Contact Adoption Attorney Judith Payne today at 612.251.3345 to schedule an initial consultation.  Judith serves clients throughout the southeastern counties of Minnesota.

Guardianship In Minnesota

Guardianships can be created for people of any age who are incapable of obtaining basic life necessities or handling their affairs without assistance. Minor children and handicapped, elderly and incapacitated people (ward) may be unable to care for their health or legal, financial and other personal affairs. Anyone with a relationship to the ward can petition to become the legal guardian.

Parents can also consent to guardianship to free themselves of financial and other obligations of raising children. It is presumed that they are acting in the best interests of their children and can petition to regain legal custody of their children at any time.

Conservatorship In Minnesota

Conservatorship grants authority and responsibility of a disabled or incompetent adult’s (respondent) financial affairs to a conservator who manages finances such as trusts, personal injury settlements, bill paying, living arrangements and property on behalf of the respondent.

Judith also handles the following legal needs that may apply to your particular situation:

  • Powers of attorney
  • Health care directives
  • Drafting of wills and trusts
  • Transfer on death deeds
  • Probate

Contact Family Adoption Lawyer Judith Payne

Call guardianship attorney Judith Payne today at 612.251.3345 or email her to schedule an initial consultation.