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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 family law attorney, establishing a guardianshipIn Illinois, a guardian is appointed for a variety of reasons and has the same responsibilities to a child as a child’s natural parent. Guardianship arises in certain scenarios, such as when: a child’s biological parents cannot care for the child; a child’s parents died in an unfortunate accident; a minor child is disabled and is unable to provide for his or her own well being; or when elderly persons can no longer take care of themselves.

Under Illinois law, there are four types of guardianships available. These guardianships are: permanent legal guardian; guardian ad litem; standby guardian; and short-term guardian.

  • A permanent legal guardian assumes the obligations of the biological parents and is responsible for the child’s necessities, such as food, clothing, shelter, education and upbringing;

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