Questions About Guardianships
At Lavin & Parisi, Attorneys at Law, we know that taking care of the people who matter to you is an important issue. If you are struggling with a guardianship question, our estate planning attorneys can help you through the process or give you the information you need to make informed choices.
What Is Guardianship?
A guardianship is a relationship endorsed by the state’s probate court, and it sees that one person or entity manages the financial and personal affairs of another person or entity. The subject of the guardianship is called a ward.
Who Can Be A Guardian?
As Illinois has one of the most open-minded adult guardianship programs, the ability to take care of another is not reserved for any special class of person. The court will accept anyone over the age of 18 whom they deem to have good judgment and no serious criminal history.
Who Can Be Considered A Ward?
People in need of a guardianship are often children. As minors, without parents willing to take legal responsibility, they would need an adult to serve as their guardian until they are of age. Guardianships can also be necessary for an adult who is mentally, physically or developmentally disabled, or suffering from a mental illness.
Are There Limits To What A Guardian Can Do?
It depends on the type of guardianship needed. For some adults, they need their personal property and money managed; for others, the duties would be more comprehensive. Should there be suspicions of someone mistreating their ward, a guardianship can be revoked or shifted to someone else.
More In This Section:
- Child Custody
- Family Law
- Alimony/Spousal Support
- Post-Divorce Modifications
- Estate Planning