Please forgive me for my ignorance about this family matter! My mother's sister (my aunt) was brought here in the 90s on an I-90 Permanent Resident Card because she is mentally disabled and has no one willing to care for her in her homeland. My mother and father are now dead. As their heir, do I automatically assume I'm her legal guardian? I handle everything for her anyway. If I'm not, how do I find out the criteria to become her guardian? What if I don't want to be or can't? Let me know if you need more info to answer!
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First, you are not required to become her guardian, but you probably may, if you wish. You first need to determine if your parents were appointed by the court, or if this was just an informal arrangement.
If it is a formal guardianship, the procedure would be to petition the court handling the guardianship to be appointed successor guardian. The qualification is not very difficult, but some people don't qualify.
Depending on her degree of disability, you might be able to get by with a Durable Power of Attorney. If there is no formal guardianship, you might want to try this method.
See an attorney who handles guardianship matters in the Seattle area to get this straigntened out..
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This is more a Family Law / Guardianship issue than an Immigration issue.
If you are certain that your aunt is a permanent resident, then her immigration status is probably not in question. You might want to check up on her green card, to see if she might need to obtain a renewal. You might also want to consider an application for US Citizenship for her.
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You should re-post this question on the probate forum.
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She can remain in the U.S. as a lawful permanent resident. You do not have to assume responsibility as her guardian, but this may be in both of your best interests, perhaps.
I am reposting this in the family section.
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I agree with Mr. Dixler, you should talk to a probate/family law/guardianship attorney.
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For the most part, I agree with Mr. Visser. You can also look into having a professional guardian appointed if it is something you can't handle.
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