When a loved one suffers from dementia or other debilitative injury or illness, they need your help.

When an adult loved one has diminished capacity and is unable to make health care and financial decisions for themselves, the Court can appoint a legal guardian. This person or corporate entity is appointed as the legal guardian and makes critical financial and medical decisions for your incapacitated parent or loved one.

In some situations, minor children also need guardianships if neither parent is able or fit to raise the child or if the child is to receive and inheritance or personal injury settlement.

What is a guardianship?

  • A guardianship is a legal relationship whereby one person receives court appointed authority to make medical or financial decisions for another person.
  • A guardian of a person’s estate has the legal authority to make financial decisions on behalf of the person who is the subject of the guardianship.
  • A guardian of the person has the authority to make life decisions on behalf of the person who is the subject of the guardianship, including decisions about medical care, housing, nursing home care and other personal matters.

In the case of a minor child’s guardianship, personal decisions made by the guardian would include where he or she lives, goes to school, and how the minor’s money should be spent and invested.

  • Because the authority granted to a guardian is broad and far reaching, the probate court supervises every aspect of the guardianship to ensure that the disabled adult or minor child’s best interests are being protected.

We at Bruzgul & Associates works closely with clients throughout the guardianship case, and if other family members or interested parties contest the proceedings, we are experienced litigators who are strong advocates for our clients.

Are you in a situation where it is necessary to appoint a guardian to make critical decisions on behalf of a loved one? Contact us by sending us a message or calling us at 312-558-1850.

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