In California, a guardianship is necessary for a child who does not have a parent to care for them. Guardianship of a minor allows the court to appoint a responsible person to take care of a child in need. Estate planning can ease worries about who the court might appoint to be guardian of your child when you can't.
Guardianship allows a non-parent to make decisions and care for a minor legally. There are circumstances, however, when the formal court appointment of a guardian may not be necessary. What are the available quick and inexpensive alternatives to guardianship in California? Here's what you need to know.