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Does my special needs adult child need a guardian?

If you have a child who has special needs and cannot completely take care of him or herself, you may want to consider guardianship when your child turns 18. Regardless of any medical or mental health issues, the law is clear that when a person turns 18 years old, he or she is a legal adult in Illinois. If you feel your child will not be able to care for him or herself and make adult decisions, your best option is to seek guardianship.

When is a guardianship appropriate?

If you are an Illinois resident whose spouse, adult child or other loved one seems to have difficulty making decisions about the conduct of his or her own life, (s)he may be a candidate for a guardianship. As the Illinois Guardianship & Advocacy Commission explains, the courts often appoint a guardian, i.e., a substitute decision maker, for someone suffering from a physical, mental or developmental disability or deterioration.

Does my parent with Alzheimer's need a guardian?

When your parent is diagnosed by an Illinois medical provider with Alzheimer's, it can be difficult to process for everyone involved. This disease will change your parent's life and yours. Plus, there is no cure, and treatment options are limited. The best course of action after a diagnosis is to figure out the future and plan for the care your parent will need in the long term. This may include a guardianship.

How to choose the best guardian for your child

While it may be unpleasant to think about, there could come a day when you and your spouse are no longer available to care for your minor children. In this case the Illinois courts would step in to make the decision, which could have potentially heart-breaking results. Fortunately, you can use estate planning tools to select a guardian for your minor children and Forbes offers the following tips to help you make the best choice.

Making smart financial decisions during your divorce

Once you and your partner have made the decision to pursue a divorce in Illinois, you face an entirely new set of challenges as you work toward living life as an independent person again. One of the trickiest parts will be separating the finances between you and your ex. This usually includes retirement accounts, investments and assets that have accumulated throughout the marriage. Fortunately, there are things you can do to adequately prepare yourself to be independent, as well as put yourself on the right track to have financial security. 

What is a guardian at litem?

If your loved ones begin to age to the point of needing guardianship, or if someone in your family is or becomes physically or mentally disabled, you need not worry about their health and safety. Illinois offers the right to appoint a guardianship if a need is determined, with Illinois offering highly progressive guardianship options solely focused on protecting the rights, independence, and well-being of your loved one. One part of the process involved in seeking guardianship for your loved one is working with a guardian at litem - but what exactly is that?

How Can I Establish Adult Guardianship?

If someone you love is no longer able to care for him or herself, establishing guardianship might be necessary. However, the process can be complex, which why understanding how guardianship works in Illinois is so essential. Caring.com offers a few helpful tips on how to establish guardianship on behalf of someone you love, which can greatly improve one's quality of life.

Considering trusts, guardianships and peace of mind

Growing older can bring a richness to life that may have been unattainable while working grueling hours to pay off the mortgage and supply college funds. It is the dream of many Illinois residents to retire in luxury, yet one downside to this stage of life is the sudden burden of planning ahead. While arranging documents and completing estate plans are certainly no walk on the beach, preparing ahead to avoid less appealing situations can help pave the way toward future well-being and happiness.

Early signs of dementia

Elderly people in Illinois who are facing the early stages of dementia may need intervention from family members to make major decisions. According to the Mayo Clinic, not all forms of dementia are permanent, but progressive dementia, such as Alzheimer's, typically increases in severity until it obliterates virtually all of a person's memory. In these cases, family members may need to establish a guardianship in order to make decisions on their loved one's behalf when he or she is no longer able to do so independently. However, in order to be adequately prepared, those family members should know the warning signs of this condition.

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