There are several reasons why you may need to be appointed someone's guardian: to care for a parent who is no longer able to manage his or her own affairs, to make decisions for an adult disabled child, or to handle assets for a minor.
At Manassa Hartman, P.C., our lawyers guide clients through the guardianship process. We bring decades of experience to family issues and can help you avoid delays and unnecessary costs. We offer a free initial consultation. With offices in Barrington, Crystal Lake, St. Charles, Oakbrook Terrace and Deerfield, we serve clients throughout the Chicago metropolitan area of Illinois.
What Is Legal Guardianship
In Illinois, guardianship gives you the legal authority to handle personal and financial matters for another person, known as the ward. You can become a guardian for someone on a short-term basis (365 days or less) or permanently.
Applying For Guardianship
Applying for guardianship can be a difficult and time-consuming process, especially if family members do not agree on who should be appointed guardian. Our lawyers are skilled at helping the process go as smoothly as possible. We also advise guardians and conservators concerning their responsibilities.
Alternatives To Guardianship
In some cases, your family member may be able to avoid the need for guardianship by completing a legal document known as a durable power of attorney.
A power of attorney is an inexpensive way to give another person the legal authority to act for you if you are not able to manage your own affairs. Unfortunately, your family member can only complete a power of attorney designation when he or she has the mental competency to do so. If your family member is already incapacitated, it may be too late to complete a power of attorney.
For More Information About Legal Guardianship Laws
Our lawyers have the requisite experience to help you obtain the legal authority to care for your incapacitated family member. Call 847-221-5511 or email us to schedule a free consultation.