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I am starting the process for my 17 year old niece. Her

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I am starting the process for my 17 year old niece. Her mother is deceased and her father lives out of state and will sign the forms. Does he have to have the signed forms notarized?

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California

Lawyer's Assistant: What steps have you taken so far?

Nothing. I would like to file the papers next week as I will be in Los Angeles at the Superior Court

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Lawyer: Gerald, Esq, Lawyer replied 1 month ago

I gather that the father has agreed for you to be the custodian of your niece.

Yes, he should sign the documents in front of a Notary.

Here are the forms if you are seeking Guardianship.

http://www.courts.ca.gov/1214.htm

Since she is 17 and almost an adult you can use a short term agreement form. This one is from Nevada but may work for your needs. It would need to be edited of course:

http://www.familylawselfhelpcenter.org/self-help/guardianship/filing-for-guardianship-over-a-child/the-mother-and-the-father-will-both-consent-to-the-guardianship

Or you can proceed in superior court if you prefer.

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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
I am not trying to become her guardian; I am trying to get emancipation. Please advise as to the process; particularly if dad needs to have his signature notarized.
Lawyer: Gerald, Esq, Lawyer replied 1 month ago

I see. I misunderstood.

If he is agreeing to the Emancipation then yes he should sign the forms in front of a Notary.

This link provides detailed information the process:

http://www.courts.ca.gov/1221.htm

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Gerald

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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
I did have one other question; does my niece have to personally file the papers at the Los Angeles Courthouse, or can I drop off the (signed by her) forms and attachments for her?
Lawyer: Gerald, Esq, Lawyer replied 1 month ago

You can drop them off for her, but if there is something missing or incorrect it may be necessary for her to redo or resign the documents.

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