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DuPage County family law lawyer, disabled adult guardianWhen an adult suffers from a condition that renders him or her unable to handle personal and financial matters, an Illinois court may appoint a guardian to handle these tasks. If you are the individual appointed to care for the needs of a developmentally disabled person, there are certain obligations and responsibilities you undertake as a guardian. In sum, you have two duties: You manage the ward’s personal care, and are also accountable for his or her financial affairs. Your role is an important one under the Illinois statute, so it is important to work with an experienced guardianship attorney to ensure compliance with the law.

Guardian of the Ward’s Estate

The term “estate” refers to the real and personal property that belongs to the ward. As estate guardian, you manage all aspect of the person’s assets, including real estate, bank accounts, investment accounts, interests in a business, automobiles, household items, and personal belongings. You are required to care for, manage, and invest estate property frugally and in such a way as to provide for the comfort and suitable support of the ward. Any expenses outside this legal mandate can have serious consequences. For certain expenditures, you will need a court order approving the transaction.

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DuPage County guardianship attorneys, adult guardianshipGuardians are people who are appointed by the court to manage the affairs of someone else, known as the “ward.” Guardianship is often misunderstood, though there are specific circumstances where a guardianship may be warranted and defined processes as to how a guardianship can be put into place. If you think that a loved one may benefit from a guardianship, you should speak to a skilled guardianship attorney who can help you with the process.

Circumstances Where a Guardian May be Appointed

Most adults can take care of their own affairs and therefore will not need a guardian. However, there are certain circumstances where an adult is unable to make his or her own decisions, such as when there is mental illness, mental deterioration, physical incapacity, or a developmental disability. Though just because someone may have a mental health or developmental disability does not automatically mean he or she cannot make his or her own decisions and handle his or her own affairs. It is only when an adult is so incapacitated that he or she cannot make responsible decisions that a guardianship may be appropriate.

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