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A guardianship is intended to safeguard a disabled senior from neglect and exploitation and enhance his or her well being.

A person may need the protection of a guardian if he or she is unable to reach and communicate responsible decisions about handling personal finances or managing basic necessities such as dressing, bathing and taking medication as a result of a physical, mental or developmental disability.

If an elderly person is unable to recognize that a particular decision needs to be made or is unable to make sound decision about where to live, how to purchase food or clothing and when to seek medical care, a guardianship may be needed.

The Illinois Probate Act allows the creation of guardianships when the court makes a determination of a disability. The probate court has multiple options as to the type of guardian to appoint based on the needs of the individual who is found to be disabled. Which is most appropriate depends on the specific facts on the individual’s condition.

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If an individual is unable to give informed consent about medical care or living independently, a guardianship of the person may be appropriate.
If a person is incapacitated and cannot manage their own financial affairs and bill-paying assistance is not adequate, a court may appoint an estate guardian. The size of the disabled person’s estate may be a factor the court considers in determining whether an estate guardian is warranted.
If a senior lacks the capacity to handle financial decisions and basic personal matters and the court finds the person is completely disabled, a plenary guardianship may be appropriate. It is the most common form of guardianship, according to the Illinois Guardian and Advocacy Commission.
If a person still has some capacity to decide personal matters, a limited guardianship may be appropriate. A limited guardian has authority to make some decisions regarding personal or financial matters for the partly disabled person. The appointment of a limited guardianship requires a doctor to specify what the individual can and cannot do. The court lists which responsibilities the limited guardian will handle.

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The attorneys at SI Elder Law, LLC can review the specific facts of your loved one’s situation and discuss with you all options and the most appropriate form of guardianship to petition the court to appoint. We have advocated on behalf of many Southern Illinois families confronting these complicated legal issues involving aging parents and relatives.

Temporary or Emergency Adult Guardianship

In an emergency situation, the court may appoint a temporary guardian if it determines that immediate protection for the individual’s welfare and estate is needed. The temporary guardianship expires when the court appoints a permanent guardian.

SI Elder Law can help you attain temporary, emergency guardianship of a loved on. Call us today (618) 997-3500
A mental disability, developmental disability or physical disability alone is not sufficient to justify the need for a guardianship. The important question to consider is whether the senior’s disability prevents the individual from making sound decisions, communicating those decisions and managing his or her own affairs. For example, is the elderly person, because of dementia or mental decline, no longer able to engage in the decision-making process about their own affairs?

The court requires a doctor’s report describing the nature of the disability based on a recent examination and how it affects a person’s ability to make personal decisions or live independently. The doctor must state that the person needs a guardian because he or she cannot make reasonable personal or financial decisions.
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An individual, an institution or an agency may be appointed as a guardian. A bank may be appointed a guardian of the estate, but not a guardian of the person.
There are certain qualifications for an individual to claim the guardianship of an adult in Illinois. The designated guardian must:
The appointment of a guardian requires the involvement of the court. Having an experienced elder law attorney answer your questions and provide trusted guidance will make the process go more smoothly. Our knowledgeable elder care attorneys will gather the needed documentation and help you apply for an adult guardianship for your loved one. We will handle the many steps involved in a guardianship proceeding including:
At SI Elder Law, LLC, we take seriously the trust our clients place in us to help them resolve elder care issues. Call 618-997-3500 for a no-obligation consultation with a guardianship attorney. We will listen carefully to your questions and concerns and explain your legal options. Trust SI Elder Law, LLC to help you and your loved ones.