Guardianship proceedings happen in several ways. A family member may no longer have the mental ability to make appropriate decisions about his or her own finances or medical care. Guardianship may be necessary for an elderly adult, or for a disabled child who has now reached 18 and is legally emancipated and no longer a minor. You can ask to be appointed as guardian of the estate, the person, or both, to make the decisions for property and medical care for this loved one.
Alternatively, guardianship can be requested when family member is not properly caring for a minor child. Perhaps this is due to that parent’s substance abuse, or a mental health issue. You can ask to be appointed as guardian of that minor child, to make medical, educational and financial decisions for the child’s best interest while the biological parent is temporarily unable to do so.
What are the Responsibilities of a Guardian?
Guardianship is a high duty, and not an easy role to assume. For guardianship of a person’s finances, you must provide an accounting to the court, to evidence that you have been a responsible fiduciary with the ward’s money. For guardianship of a person, you have to make the best decisions possible for the ward’s continued care and comfort. There are frequently challenges to guardianship when someone does not agree with how money is being spent, or if the guardian believes that the ward should not have contact with a certain family member.
Call Ciesla Beeler Today
Our attorneys at Ciesla Beeler are available to discuss if guardianship is appropriate, and to assist in all forms of guardianship proceedings. Our attorneys are recognized throughout Illinois and are ready to meet with you to assess your case and provide sound legal strategies to address your situation. Contact us today via email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 847.868.1860 for your free consultation.
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