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Throughout our lives, we all need someone to care for us. When we are babies, we depend on the care and nurture of our parents to thrive and grow into successful adults. As adults, we are able to take care of ourselves and make decisions pertaining to our lives. However, some situations may call for extra care and planning to ensure that the affairs of a person are handled. In Illinois, the law states that a guardian can be appointed to any person who is unable to manage his or her affairs because of mental deterioration, mental illness, developmental disability, or physical incapacity. It can be tough to come to terms with the fact that your loved one may need a guardian appointed to him or her, but an Illinois family law attorney can help.

Determining the Need for a Guardianship

Illinois law states that there are several reasons for which a person may need to have a guardian appointed to him or her to manage his or her affairs. Before a guardian is appointed to a person, it must be proven that the person is not able to make or communicate his or her own sound and responsible decisions about personal affairs. There are a variety of situations in which a person may need to have a guardian appointed for him or her. These scenarios can include:

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Batavia guardianship attorney

It has often been said that the only two things in life that are certain are death and taxes. While this is true, there is also one other thing that is certain: everyone gets older and will eventually need assistance with daily tasks and/or making decisions. When that time comes, it is important to have the correct legal documents and orders in place, such as a guardianship or power of attorney, in order to protect yourself and maintain a good quality of life.

Powers of Attorney

A power of attorney (POA) is a legally binding document that gives a designated person (referred to as your "agent") the ability to act on your behalf if you become incapacitated. There are two types of power of attorney. Power of attorney for healthcare allows a person to make decisions about medical care or other personal needs, while power of attorney for property allows a person to make decisions about financial matters and the property or assets you own.

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North Aurora guardianship attorney

When you think of guardianships, you may think of a person who is legally appointed to care for a child when that child’s parents are unable to do so. While this definition is accurate, that is not the only form of guardianship. Some adults are also in need of guardians. In the state of Illinois, the probate court is entirely responsible for granting guardianships to adults in need. Illinois has some of the most progressive and protective laws concerning adult guardianship. Rather than deeming a disabled adult “incompetent,” as was necessary prior to 1979, the needs of adults are measured through a clinical report put together by the court, and their guardianship will be tailored to meet their needs.

Who Can Have a Guardian Appointed to Them?

Like other states, Illinois law presumes that those who are over the age of 18 are able to handle their own affairs. In some situations, however, a person may be incapable of making important decisions or taking care of themselves for various reasons. Illinois law may grant guardianships to people who are disabled because of:

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Illinios divorce attorney, Illinois family law attorney, DuPage County divorce lawyer,It is never easy to predict how children will react to changes in changes in family life. Teenagers, in particular, can have a difficult time coping with the emotional challenges of a new familial structure.  Legal guardians often have a difficult task ahead of them: Providing care for minors who are not their own children. After the wake of a divorce, this can be particularly difficult. Here are some helpful tips when it comes to taking care of a teenager as a guardian.

 1. Get to Know Your Teenager

 While it may seem like a basic suggestion, taking the time to bond with a teenager and relate to his or her personality will often make a significant difference. According to WebMD, a frequent mistake guardians make is spending too much time wrapped up in the “theories” of parenting. They commit to reading parenting books and seeking advice elsewhere.

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Adoption is comparable to the movie Annie", when Mr. Warbucks goes to the home for girls, finds Annie and takes her home with him to join his family. Foster care could be compared to the ABC Family show, The Fosters, in which a bunch of kids, who are not related to each other, all temporarily live with parents who are not related to them either. The two are similar, but foster care is less permanent than adoption. A third similar situation, guardianship, is a legal way to care for a child before the age of 18.

The three terms are very similar to one another, but actually have very different meanings. The state of Illinois Department of Child and Family Services (DCFS) has broken it down to simplify it for anyone to understand the differences between the three.

Adoption:

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The Law Office of Matthew M. Williams, P.C.

630-409-8184

1444 North Farnsworth Avenue, Suite 307, Aurora, IL 60505

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