my aunt is wanting to sign temporary guardianship of her children over. There are 4 and are being split between my 2 sisters and myself as well as two different towns. this is in the state of Missouri. we are having a paper drawn up and notarized but i need to know if it is best to have one paper done listing our names, who has what child and their address or 3 different papers done for each sister and the child that they are caring for.
Please find an experienced guardianship attorney in the county where the children will live. Each county probate court may have a different approach to the procedural questions you've asked.
If you and your sister want to have the legal ability to take care of your aunt's children (including enrolling them in school, making medical decisions for them, receiving state aid (if appropriate), etc.) you will need to work with an experienced estate planning attorney in the area where the children now reside. The probate division of the circuit court in the county where the children live would have jurisdiction to appoint you and/or your sister as legal guardian and conservator for the children. I encourage you to consult with an attorney that can assist you through this process because it can be difficult to navigate without effective legal counsel.
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You are best off consulting an attorney in your jurisdiction. I have found that most state bar associations have a referral list for attorneys who practice in particular areas. In Idaho, a temporary guardianship is requested within a Petition for Appointment. The temporary guardianship therefor gives you the appropriate authority to take care of the proposed ward while your petition is pending. Again, consult with an attorney in your area.
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