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Caring for an aging parent in Illinois

As an adult child, you may take on the responsibility of caring for your aging parent or parents. Unfortunately, the time may come when, due to dementia, Alzheimer's or other such ailments, they can no longer care or make decisions for themselves. We at Zapolis & Associates PC understand the complexities associated with taking care of an elderly family member in Illinois, and have helped many adult children obtain the legal authority to ensure their parents' well-being.

What are some tips for grandparents raising grandchildren?

For various reasons, grandparents may end up with custody of their grandchildren. It can be a challenge to transition back into a parental role, especially for older people. CreatingaFamily.com offers the following tips to ensure grandparents can care for kids while also properly caring for themselves.

The negative effects of domestic violence on children

When children in Illinois are part of a family where there is domestic violence, they are undoubtedly affected in ways that could influence how they respond and react to certain triggers for the remainder of their lives. Understanding the negative effects of such violence on children is critical to realize the dire need of getting them help before it is too late. 

What's the difference between a guardian and a conservator?

When an adult is incapable of handling his or her own affairs, the court might step in and appoint another person to do so. This person can take on the role of guardian or conservator, which are two similar designations that still have a few important distinctions. The Balance explains the difference, along with highlighting the essential duties.

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?

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