The paper she wants you to sign is simply an acknowledgment of an intent to return them to her custody.
A guardianship is based on some reasonable concern that the biological parent is unable to properly parent the children.
A stated intent to return the children in now way effects your concern about the children's well-being. If you need to sign the document in order to be permitted to take the children, it would seem prudent to do so. It would seem highly unlikely that some court would require you to return the children simply because you stated you would when taken in the context of being in fear for their well-being.
And yes, retaining an attorney would certainly be a prudent course of action. As I'm sure you know, the rights of the parent trump the rights of the grandparent. As such, you may have a difficult road ahead.
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A termination of parental rights (TPR) would be more effective. As the name suggests, the TPR would completely end all of his rights and obligations as a father. He would have no rights to custody or visitation and no obligation to pay support, he would be a legal stranger to the child.
If he did a TPR, you would want to accomplish a TPR as to the mother as well. Once both TPR's are accomplished, you could adopt.
As you can see, the TPR is a much more comprehensive avenue to pursue. It would take more time, money and effort. However, it obtains an excellent result, the children would be fully your responsibility.
A guardianship is much easier to obtain but has more limitations, primarily that it could be rescinded at any time and the children placed back with the mother, whom you indicate is NOT a good parent.
If you want the better result, pursue the TPR. If you want easier and quicker, pursue the guardianship.
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