I have a younger sister who is 16 years old, recently our mother passed away and left her with her dad who doesn't like to be involved with her at all. School, forget it! he wants nothing to do with it. My mom is the one that took care of her. He also refuses to get her health insurance, he basically doesn't believe in it. He also, has a drinking problem and doesn't have good judgement most of the time. He basically just feeds her other than that he doesn't do much for her. I'd like to see if there is a way for me to gain legal guardianship of her so I can take care of her. I can't add her to my insurance and I can't apply for her to get missouri kids insurance because they want his information and he refuses to provide the documents they need. What can I do to at least be able to sign for her to change a class at school or add her on my insurance. Any advice will be greatly appreciated!
Apply for guardianship of a minor with the probate court in the county where she lives.
If Dad opposes the guardianship application, you will need an attorney to help.
You need to speak with an experienced probate attorney about getting Letters of Guardianship for your sister. However, this generally will either require her father's consent, or you presenting proof that the father is unfit, unable or unwilling to provide for her. Please immediately speak with attorney to determine if you have enough to proceed with a guardianship in the event the father refuses to cooperate and consent.
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