Texas Woman Wins Guardianship of NFL Player’s Orphaned Daughter

A Kansas probate court recently awarded guardianship of the daughter of Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher to a Pflugerville, Texas woman. The judge ordered that Sophie Perkins was most suited to raise the nine-month-old child who was left orphaned after her father killed her mother in the family home and then drove to Arrowhead Stadium where he killed himself last December.

A conservator has been appointed to oversee a trust that has been funded by the Chiefs owners, coaches, players and the public to help with raising the child. Under a NFL collective bargaining agreement, the child is also set to receive more than $1 million, to be paid out in annual sums until she reaches adulthood, or until the age of 23 if she attends college.

Perkins is the first cousin of the child’s mother, Kasandra Perkins. The child’s paternal grandmother had also sought guardianship, which was decided after a three-day hearing.

A guardian is defined as a person who is legally responsible for making the decisions for one who is unable to make those decisions. Though the above case related to guardianship of a child, there are also laws pertaining to the guardianship of an incapacitated adult.

The processes of obtaining guardianship of a child or of an adult are both complex situations that require the help of an experienced attorney. Ford + Bergner is a boutique law firm that handles probate, estate planning and guardianship issues. With offices in Houston and Dallas, our experienced probate attorneys can handle everything from estate planning to care of an aging parent to legal disputes over guardianship or the validity of a will. For more information, contact us.