While establishing guardianship can refer to naming who will care for your children upon your death in a will or trust, guardianship can also pertain to adults who are not able to make decisions on their own and entire estates. At the law firm of Leonard F. Berg, Attorney at Law, we have assisted many clients in establishing guardianships. We are deeply familiar with the process, and we will help you establish guardianship that allows you to support and care for your loved one or an estate.
Some Possible Reasons For Establishing A Guardianship
There are many reasons why an adult might need a guardian. There may be certain areas of a person's life that he or she is unable to manage alone. However, guardianship does not mean the individual loses all of his or her freedoms. A guardianship is tailored to the specific needs of an individual. Some examples where establishing "guardian of a person" might be appropriate include:
- An adult is in a coma
- An elderly person is no longer able to manage his or her finances
- An adult has special needs due to Down syndrome or another genetic condition that has caused developmental problems
- An adult is unable to make decisions due to a brain injury or another traumatic injury
- An adult is suffering from Alzheimer's, dementia, schizophrenia or another debilitating mental health condition
A guardianship can allow you to make important decisions for your loved one. You will need a lawyer to help you petition the court for approval in order to legally establish a guardianship.
The Specific Role Of A Guardian Of An Estate
The second type of guardianship is referred to as "guardian of an estate." Through this form of guardianship, a person can be designated to make decisions regarding a person's estate and financial affairs.
To learn more about establishing guardianship in Illinois, contact us online, or call 618-216-6681 or toll free at 888-353-6236 and arrange a consultation with our knowledgeable East Alton guardianship attorney. We serve clients across the Metro East and the Illinois River Bend.