When a child’s parents are deceased or unable to provide for their care, the legal process of guardianship can be initiated. Guardianship is also used for elderly family members who are no longer able to take care of their own affairs or manage their own finances. A Guardianship Lawyer can help ensure the right person or persons are in place to make decisions and manage assets for those who cannot do so on their own.
The process for guardianship begins with a petition filed with the court. The petition includes basic personal information about the person for whom you are seeking guardianship and a report about their condition, including information from a medical professional. The attorney you choose to handle your case can provide guidance about what type of Guardianship is appropriate, the responsibilities and duties associated with that Guardianship and help you prepare for the legal challenges that may arise during and after the appointment.
There are many issues that can come up in a Guardianship proceeding, including contested or uncontested matters. A skilled Guardianship Attorney can guide you through every step of the legal process, ensuring that the Judge has all relevant information and evidence to make a sound decision regarding your loved one’s future.
Our Chicago Guardianship & Conservatorship Attorneys can assist you with all aspects of the legal proceedings, including filing for guardianship or conservatorship of a loved one, representing you in disputes with other parties, and helping you navigate the complex process of transferring custody of a child or an incapacitated adult. We can also help with other related legal issues such as estate planning, probate and trust administration and litigation.
We can also help with appointing temporary guardians for children or adults who are not able to care for themselves and need assistance. Typically, this is done when there are no other relatives or friends available to provide care and/or a Power of Attorney has not been completed.
In these types of cases, the Judge must find that the individual is unable to care for himself or herself in their current condition and that you are the best choice to serve as Guardian or Conservator. This is a difficult decision that requires careful legal attention to protect your rights and the rights of your loved one.
Whether you are in need of a Guardianship for a minor or for an adult, our Chicago Guardianship & Conservatorship Attorneys will work diligently to ensure the outcome is a positive one. We have helped many families and can help yours. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with an experienced Guardianship Attorney. Our firm is located in Chicago and represents clients throughout Cook County, Illinois, and the surrounding areas of northern Indiana and western Wisconsin. We offer free initial consultations for all cases. Call us at (312) 609-4000 or submit an online inquiry. We are committed to protecting your privacy. Your contact information will not be shared with any third party without your consent.