Adoptions & Guardianships


Shechtel and Associates, P.A. has assisted families in their adoption of children for many years. We do not locate or arrange for children to be adopted, however, if you have a child that you want to adopt, we know how to make it happen.


A guardian is someone appointed by the Court to assume legal responsibility for another person or another person’s property or both. Guardianships are appropriate when a disabled person, known as the ward, is unable to make responsible decisions concerning his or her medical care or financial situation, usually because of a physical or mental illness. Sometimes guardianship may be necessary to obtain consent for a specific medical procedure, for continuing ongoing medical care or for placing the ward in a safe living environment. Guardianships are also appropriate for children.

A Guardianship petition can be handled by you without an attorney, however the procedure is complicated and has many requirements. We at Shechtel and Associates, P.A. have the experience to represent you and in the end, we will save you time and expense while obtaining a result that is in the best interests of someone you obviously love, as well as your family.