Guardianships are a method of obtaining legal custody of or decision-making authority over another person. There are many types of guardianship actions:
When parents of minor children are absent, deceased, or unable to care for their children for any reason, a guardian may be appointed. A guardian of a minor child can obtain custody and have the legal authority to make most of the decisions a parent would make. A guardianship of a minor can be for a limited period of time or until the child reaches the age of 18. Unlike adoptions, guardianships do not terminate the parent-child relationship.
Parents may need to obtain court-ordered guardianship of a developmentally disabled child after the child reaches the age of 18. This can authorize the parents to make placement, financial, and medical treatment decisions.
It may be necessary to obtain guardianship over siblings or elderly parents who have Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia, mental illness, or physical incapacity.
At Orlowsky & Wilson, LTD., we have over 20 years’ experience representing people in guardianship actions near Chicago Il, and the North Shore.
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