juvenile law

posthumous child

A posthumous child is a child born after the death of one of their biological parents. This becomes important in the context of intestate succession or survivor benefits. Generally, children conceived before the death one parent are treated...

Professional Guardian

Professional guardians take care of their wards, not because they are their friends or family members, but because they are paid to do so. Many professional guardians are lawyers, doctors, social workers, or other trained professionals. Others are...


Courts may appoint guardians to care for people who cannot properly take care of themselves, due to age or legal incompetence. These protected people are the wards of their guardians.