Case Number: 2022-002149

In Guardianship

A 14-year-old, Alejandra, is seeking representation in guardianship proceedings that stem from a guardianship granted in 2017 and then terminated in 2018. In 2017, the guardian filed a petition for guardianship over the 14-year-old and two of her siblings. The guardian also happens to be the mother and requested to be guardian of the estate of the three children after their father died. The children were parties to probate matter, which was opened by their mother in order “to accept and create blocked accounts on behalf of the the children upon receiving settlement”. The probate estate consisted of a vehicle and “unliquidated proceeds … from a pending wrongful death action.” The father was in custody at Clark County Detention Center at the time of his death. At the time, they were in settlement negotiations. In a minute order from January 2018, the court noted that an order was entered in the probate matter referencing a settlement agreement but that the guardianship court had not been provided any information about it or the creation of a blocked account. Two subsequent status checks were cancelled and then, in September 2018, the court terminated the guardianship due to failure to file the accounting. Even though the case was terminated and the letters revoked, the court ordered the statewide guardianship investigator to investigate the case. The order was a general one and didn’t refer to the alleged settlement agreement. In December 2018, counsel for the guardian appeared at a hearing and advised that he had requested the settlement agreement from the attorney in the civil matter but hadn’t received a response yet. Then the guardian stated that each child had received $15,000 and the funds were placed in a blocked account. The guardian filed an accounting in January 2022. The guardian also filed a petition to assume jurisdiction of the trust that had been created by settlement agreement and an inventory. The trustee of the trust was another child of the father from another marriage. Subsequent to this petition, the court issued an order to show cause, appointed counsel for the children and appointed a GAL. The other two siblings are now adults. The court was concerned that there were distributions made without court approval or knowledge. The court also appointed an investigator to look into the funds. Next Hearing(s):  Status Check on 7/26/2022 at 9 am in Department B.

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