Chicago Guardianship Lawyer
Guardianship is the court proceeding to appoint someone as the legal authority to make decisions for a person who lacks the capacity to make those decisions for himself or herself. One of the most common reasons people go through the guardianship process in Illinois is to care for a disabled parent or child.
I am Jay A. Slutzky, attorney at law. From my office in Niles, Illinois, I help caretakers, parents and adult children throughout Chicago and the north and northwest Chicago suburbs become guardians. I also advise guardians on their responsibilities and duties as a guardian.
In most cases, estate planning can help you avoid the need to go through the guardianship process. For example, if your parent has the legal capacity to complete a durable power of attorney, that document would give the designated person the authority to make medical and financial decisions. However, if your parent has Alzheimer's or dementia, he or she would lack the legal capacity to give another person power of attorney.
When Is Guardianship Needed?
Here are some examples of times when you may need to be appointed someone's guardian:
- To help an incapacitated or disabled parent pay bills, manage finances, make health care decisions, sell property, move into a nursing home or otherwise provide for their care
- To make decisions for an adult child who is disabled
- To manage money for a minor child who receives assets under a will, personal injury settlement or life insurance policy
To avoid potential family disputes over who should be a parent's or child's guardian, you can name a guardian in a will.
For More Information About Guardianships
I look forward to the opportunity to work on your behalf. Please call me, Niles guardianship lawyer Jay A. Slutzky, at 847-929-4498 or complete the contact form on this website to schedule a personal consultation today.