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When someone suffers from a serious disability, he or she may need assistance in completing day-to-day activities, managing finances, and getting appropriate medical treatment. If you have a disabled loved one who needs this type of extra care, you may be interested in becoming that person’s guardian. Being the guardian of a disabled adult is a considerable responsibility and may also involve complicated legal steps. That is why it is important to hire an experienced attorney who can help you with the process of obtaining a guardianship in Illinois.

How Do I Know If My Loved One Needs a Guardian?

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Sometimes, it is not easy to tell if a person is capable of adequately looking out for his or her own safety. For example, an elderly person with dementia may have some days that he or she is totally lucid and other days during which confusion and memory lapses are nearly debilitating. Guardianship of an adult is appropriate when a person is unable to make rational decisions and/or communicate his or her wishes regarding finances or personal care. A clinical evaluation is needed to determine the extent that a person’s physical, mental, or developmental disability hinders his or her ability to make safe, responsible decisions.  

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DuPage County divorce attorney guardian ad litem

Child-related disputes during divorce can be particularly difficult to handle. If you and your spouse are struggling to reach an agreement about the allocation of parental responsibilities and parenting time, you may have questions about how these issues will be resolved. In any child-related legal proceeding, reaching a resolution that is in the child’s best interests is the top priority. In order to make fully informed decisions, Illinois courts sometimes utilize the expertise of a guardian ad litem.

Helping Children Have a Voice

A guardian ad litem (GAL) is a specially trained attorney who represents the child’s best interests. He or she acts as an “expert witness” during legal proceedings such as guardianship and child custody cases. A GAL will investigate the circumstances of the case and then make a recommendation to the court about what he or she thinks is best for the child. This investigation often involves a “home study” during which the GAL will visit the child’s home and evaluate his or her living situation. The GAL typically interviews the child or children involved in the dispute as well as the parents. Teachers, childcare workers, doctors, psychologists, social workers, and other adults involved in the child’s life may also be interviewed.

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