Scottsdale Guardianship Attorney

A guardianship will give non-parents, like siblings, grandparents, aunts, uncles or other family members, the ability to make education and medical decisions for minor children that are in their daily care due to the death or incapacity of the biological parents. At the Law Office of Karen A. Schoenau, in Phoenix, Arizona, we help non-parents acquire the rights necessary to make decisions for the children that they love and care for.

What is a Guardian?

A legal guardian is a person who makes medical decisions and lifestyle decisions for a minor child, or ward, who is in their care. Under Title 14 of the probate code the guardian is responsible for obtaining health insurance, training and education for the child. The guardian is also required to report annually to the court regarding the child’s condition and well-being.

Every family is different. The solutions that work for others may not work for you. That’s why we perform in-depth analysis on each custody case we handle. We make sure that the strategies we use are specifically designed to get you the best possible results.

Unlike in loco parentis or an adoption, the legal guardianship is not permanent. If a biological parent is able to establish their rights to the child and dissolve the guardianship. Karen Schoenau has experience representing a biological parent who wishes to dissolve a guardianship as well as family members who wish to establish a guardianship.

Talk to our Phoenix Guardianship Attorney

When you have questions about your rights as a grandparent, talk to our experienced lawyer. Get real answers that apply to your situation. Contact us at 480-209-1918 or toll free at 888-453-1437.

Client Reviews
Karen is highly respected in the legal community. She is effective and thorough. Karen just keeps going regardless of the odds.
Karen was extremely helpful setting up my petition for conciliation. She is by far the most knowledgeable attorney regarding the necessary paperwork, how to file the petition and where it has to be submitted. She listened intently when I was describing my situation and intentions. She was very responsive to my questions and request. She is trustworthy and diligent . I would recommend her to anyone having marital issues. Mark
Very high customer/client considerate. We found Karen when we were forced to leave another Phoenix lawyer due to his bad advice and lack of interest to help us. We were in Phoenix for six days from Michigan with nothing happening but a high wasted expense. Karen and her firm took us in and solved our issue with the courts etc. in two and a half days. Karen’s professionalism with us was very cost effective/productive. If we would have found her first, we would have saved thousands of dollars. Her interest for us was very high. She returned every call. She knew every answer to our questions. She did this for us with a death in her family. She left for a funeral and made sure we were treated with the same professionalism from her firm to finish up. I recommend Karen and her firm with very high satisfaction. Our case is custody with one parent in prison. We will return to Phoenix someday with interests for the child and his parent, if needed. Karen will be our top choice. Nolan
Karen and Bonita are wonderful!! I know that the word "wonderful" is used a lot, but the team they make and the work they did for me can only be described as WONDERFUL!! Yes there where ups and downs in my case, but that is the system and Karen along with Bonita guided and taught me as "WE" went through it together. Karen’s easy going manner and her knowledge really helped me with the emotional part of my divorce. I used the team of Karen and Bonita both times I needed to go to court with my ex and had results that were best for my little girl. Some times I did not get what I wanted, but it was what my daughter needed. Looking back at my case, I made the right choice and would do it again in a heart beat!! Jim
Karen was extremely supportive during a very trying time in our lives. She helped me to put things in perspective and think positive when I was overwhelmed. She is very knowledgeable about the laws pertaining to grandparents rights and the rights of the parents and knew how to provide the appropriate laws pertaining to the situation we were in. I am so grateful for her expertise and guidance. She proved to be very aggressive when she needed to be but was also supportive to my and my children. I would recommend her to anyone in a similar situation. Deanna