Taking care of another person is a major responsibility. Parents accept this responsibility when they have children, but there are a variety of other cases in which a person may become responsible for a minor child or a disabled adult. In these cases, guardianship may need to be established, giving a guardian the right to make decisions for the person in their care, who is known as their “ward.” Guardianship also places a number of requirements on a guardian, including filing regular reports with the court and seeking approval for major decisions.
If you would like to establish legal guardianship for a minor child or disabled adult, SBK Law Group can help you meet the legal requirements for doing so. We ensure that you understand your rights and responsibilities in these cases, and we will provide you with representation in any court proceedings. We can also assist adults with disabilities or special needs in establishing a guardianship relationship that meets their needs.
Illinois law identifies two categories of guardianship:
When a person is appointed as a plenary guardian of either the person or the estate, they will have the authority to make any decisions necessary to provide care for the ward and manage their personal and financial affairs. However, there may be situations in which a disabled adult wishes to retain some control over their life. In these cases, a limited guardianship may be appropriate. A person who is granted limited guardianship of either the person or the estate will be authorized to make some decisions on behalf of the ward. The court order naming a person as a limited guardian will specify which decisions the guardian is allowed to make, and the ward will be able to make all other decisions about their own care and/or finances.
If you need to establish guardianship for a person in your care, SBK Law Group can help you meet your legal requirements and ensure that you will be able to provide for your ward’s needs. If you have a disability or special needs and need help understanding your options for naming someone as your guardian, we can advise you of your rights, and if necessary, we can help you create a limited guardianship agreement that will allow you to retain as much control over your life as possible. To learn more about how we can help, contact us online or schedule a consultation with our attorneys by calling 630-427-4407. We provide legal help in guardianship cases in DuPage County, Kane County, Kendall County, Will County, and Cook County..