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An Attorney to Assist With Legal Matters for Minors
Understanding the legal issues affecting minor children can help you plan for future events and ensure the well-being of your children. The attorneys at McCunn Law can assist your family in planning the many changing events that your family might face including issues of adoption, guardianship, and emancipation, as well as very helpful tools for protecting minors, such as Minor’s Protection Trusts, guardianship declarations and Universal Transfer to Minor’s Accounts. By listening to your needs and plans, McCunn Law can help navigate the state laws pertaining to your family’s unique situation.
A California Attorney for Your Family Law Needs You Can Trust
In the case of divorce, death or incapacity, estate planning needs, or a minor that needs assistance with legal issues, you need an attorney by your side that specializes in family law. For more information, you can explore our FAQ page or contact us online today. We are also available by phone at (916) 773-6100.
Who is a minor under the law?
Generally, minors are children under the age of 18. The law does not treat minors the same as adults when it comes to punishment or legal accountability. Most people agree that minor children lack the maturity of reasoning through decisions and are still developing an understanding of social and ethical norms. California (and most states) agrees that minor children lack the “legal capacity” needed to make important life-altering decisions. Therefore, the laws in California are different for minors — those who have not yet reached 18 years of age.
The laws can be complicated and change often. In California, the age of majority is 18 years of age, which is when the child will be treated as an adult under the law. However, the minimum age for eligibility of emancipation is 14. Emancipation is a legal way for the child to be free from their parents before turning the age of majority. Usually, there may be a court hearing, unless the child enters into a valid marriage with the parents’ consent or is on active duty with the U.S. armed forces.
A minor has the right to sue. However, those actions must be done through an adult, someone the court deems a “guardian.” Medical treatment and consent is also another complicated area when dealing with minors. Generally, a minor can also consent to medical treatment once they reach 15 years of age or older. There are certain exceptions when, no matter what age, a minor has the right to consent to any treatments, like pregnancy. However, age alone is not enough and the minor child must be living apart from his or her parents and managing their own finances.
A family attorney with experience in these dealings, and others, such as handling a procedure like adoption, can help your family plan for the future. For example, if your family is planning to adopt, obtaining a lawyer can ensure that the process runs smoothly so your family can focus on what really matters, preparing for a new family member.
Why Choose McCunn Law
Our methods for handling divorce mediation and family law issues are unique. We offer legal assistance for a range of family law cases, including:
Mr. McCunn specializes in a holistic, project management approach which empowers you to make your own decisions throughout the process. He has a reputation as a peacemaker and his honest and pragmatic attitude towards divorce and other family law issues ensures you only pay for the services you need during your case.