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Q: my brother thinks im lying when i tell him that i saw a lawyer and paid good money to ask him to help me

have my adult stepson locked away because of his mental illness.. the lawyer told me the three questions a judge would ask and my stepson could answer every one of them.. brother thinks that I should pay the 28 hundred dollars and try anyway.

what are the questions a judge would ask my son before taking his rights away?

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Marjorie A Bristol
Marjorie A Bristol
  • Goodlettsville, TN
  • Licensed in Tennessee

A: He will ask if your step son wants to hurt himself, wants to hurt someone else, and can he care for himself in a way that would not put him in immediate danger. He will also need to determine if your stepson has a mental illness or a serious emotional disturbance. Another option to consider in situations like this is conservatorship. A conservator gets to make medical, financial, and other decisions for the "ward". The standard for this is that your stepson "needs assistance" in managing his affairs. I recommend that you shop around for an attorney. Interview several. See which one is the best fit for your needs. Best of luck.

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