The court may appoint guardians to make decisions about the finances or personal care of adults who are unable to make these decisions for themselves; a Rolling Meadows adult guardianships lawyer can help you with a current guardianship case and can help you make plans about choosing a guardian for yourself if and when you need one in the future.
Adults have the right to make decisions about their own finances, medical care, and place of residence, but minor children cannot make major purchases, undergo medical treatment, or change residence without the consent of their legal guardian, the adult who is legally responsible for them, usually a parent or other close relative. When an adult cannot make responsible decisions because of age, illness, or disability, the court will appoint a guardian for the person; someone who wants to act as a guardian must persuade the court that they will act in the best interest of the ward (the person under guardianship), and the prospective ward also have a chance to persuade the court that they do not need a guardian or to express preferences about who should act like a guardian.
Illinois law recognizes several kinds of adult guardianship, in acknowledgment of the fact that each ward’s needs are unique. These are the types of guardianship that the Illinois courts can implement:
Advanced age or a diagnosis or a physical or developmental disability or mental illness is not, by itself, a reason for the court to take away an adult’s right to make their own decisions. The court only appoints a guardian when an “interested person” (usually a family member) persuades the court that the person needs a guardian. Any adult without a criminal record can be considered for appointment as a guardian.
A skilled adult guardianships lawyer can act in the best interests of an adult vulnerable enough to need a guardian. Contact Andrea Heckman Law in Rolling Meadows, Illinois, to discuss adult guardianships.
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