San Diego Guardianship Lawyer

Seeking guardianship over the legal responsibilities of a child’s welfare can be complicated and stressful if you go it alone. Our experienced guardianship lawyers can guide you through the process, so it goes as smoothly and quickly as possible.

What Does It Mean To Have Legal Guardianship?

When a child’s parents are physically or mentally unable to make decisions for their child, the court can appoint a guardian. A guardianship legally allows someone who is not a child’s parent to step in. For example, the guardian can make decisions regarding a child’s personal care, finances, education, and medical treatment.

Is Guardianship the Same as Adoption?

No, they are not the same. Guardianship and adoption differ in a few key ways:


  • Parents retain their parental rights (such as asking for reasonable contact or visitation)
  • The court can end the guardianship
  • Guardians are supervised by the court


  • The birth parents’ rights are permanently terminated
  • The adoptive parents are considered the real parents for all legal purposes
  • An adopted child inherits from their adoptive parents (just like a birth child would)
  • Adoptive families are not supervised by the court

Understanding the Terminology

Here are some of the common terms regarding guardianship:

Meet the Attorneys on Your Side

What Sets Us Apart

Marked by Integrity

Over 30 years of practice in San Diego County and a reputation for professional excellence.

Driven By Excellence

Award-winning attorneys who resolve even the most complicated issues and cases.

Unmatched Expertise

One of the few San Diego firms that focuses exclusively on trust and estate matters.

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A team that thinks outside the box to find the best solution to your problem.


Our clients and their families return to us generation after generation.

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Our attorneys are actively involved in the local community and have been for over 30 years.

Our Clients Say It Best

I had the pleasure of working with Hilary Vrem during a family probate case. It was a difficult time for me as I was dealing with a loss in the family and needed assistance tackling the legal process. She provided me with a clear understanding of what to expect and guided me through my best options and next steps. She went above and beyond throughout our correspondence. I would happily recommend BJJ, their attorneys, and Hilary to friends and family who are dealing with a similar situation.

Let Us Represent You

If you’re seeking to be appointed as a child’s guardian or need help managing their estate, our San Diego guardianship lawyers can help and answer all your questions. Contact us today.

(619) 696-7066