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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.

How to choose a guardian

If you are a parent in Illinois, one of your greatest responsibilities is the care of your children. You may also have to consider who will assume that role if you are unable to do so. Choosing a guardian for your children is an extremely important decision, and it requires careful consideration of your values and priorities.  Here at Zapolis & Associates, P.C., we understand the gravity of this decision.

What are a guardian's duties?

The state of Illinois sometimes appoints guardians to care for disabled children or adults who cannot care for themselves independently. According to the Illinois Guardianship and Advocacy Commission, there are a few requirements for becoming a guardian: You must be a United States resident who is at least 18 years old, and you must have a clean record. Some organizations may qualify for guardianship status as well. The court is responsible for determining whether or not you are the best choice for the job. However, the person requiring assistance may express an opinion regarding who the guardian should be, and the court will take those wishes into consideration.

Alternatives to a guardianship

While most children are capable of making logical decisions once they turn 18 years of age, there are some who may not be. Whether your child has a mental disorder or some other condition that reduces his or her reasoning abilities, it can be wise to put in place legal parameters that will prevent poor choices once adulthood is reached. We at Zapolis and Associates, P.C., can help you determine the right form of legal support that will best meet the needs of your family member.

Guardianship of an Adult in Illinois

When a loved one has a disability and is above 18 years of age, a judge can choose a person to take care of their needs. This is known as guardianship of an adult. In Illinois, a person is considered to be disabled if they cannot make basic life decisions or manage their own property or money. As such, a family member or another concerned adult will be appointed as a guardian. The guardian will be responsible for making decisions concerning healthcare and financial issues that affect the disabled adult.

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