Chicago Guardianship Lawyers
Is a family member in need of someone to assist him or her in their personal and financial affairs? Determining the need for a guardianship can be a difficult process. At the Law Offices of David Blocher, we can educate you about the importance of guardianships.
When a family member is unable to care for himself or herself, we will help you determine whether a guardian should be appointed to watch over their financial and personal affairs. A guardian is responsible for the health and well-being of the incapacitated person, known as the ward. In making decisions for their ward, a guardian will take into consideration the ward's wishes, ensuring he or she is living in a proper environment and is receiving appropriate nutrition, medical care and social opportunities. A guardian must account for his or her actions and financial decisions every year with the court. After reviewing the guardian’s account and report for that year, the court will approve or reject the accounting. This is important when issues arise concerning a guardian’s actions. If anyone challenges a guardian’s conduct, he or she can show the court’s approval as a defense.
Petitioning the court for guardianship can be a confusing process and is best handled with the assistance of an experienced attorney to guide you. With over 20 years of combined legal experience helping clients and their families with guardianships, we can assist you with your guardianship issues.
We will assist your family in all aspects of a guardianship for an individual, including:
- Guardians to meet the needs of a minor child
- Guardians to protect an elderly or disabled family member
- Initial appointment of a guardian
- Annual reporting and accounting
- Guardians who have abused their authority
If you do not wish to have a guardian appointed for you, consider estate planning. With proper estate planning, a guardianship may be unnecessary. Through your Will and Powers of Attorney, you can specify who makes decisions for you, how you wish to be treated and where you would like to live in case of incapacitation. To learn more, contact us for a free initial consultation with an experienced attorney.