Guardianship Attorneys in Barrington
Individuals can protect children or adult children with disabilities by establishing guardianships. It is also possible to set up a guardianship for an elderly person who is unable to handle his or her affairs. Parents or other relatives seeking to draw up guardianships have several options available to them. An experienced estate planning attorney can provide the information needed to get started.
At Kelleher & Buckley, LLC, our Chicago-area lawyers assist individuals with guardianships. In addition to creating guardianships as part of estate plans, we also handle litigation involving guardianships. Our focus on estate planning allows us to offer clients a variety of guardianship strategies suited to their circumstances and goals.
Issues in Guardianship
Our lawyers assist clients with matters such as:
- Selecting guardians for minor children as part of the estate planning process
- Selecting guardians for disabled children as part of the estate planning process
- Defending guardians against removal proceedings
- Seeking the removal of guardians
There are two types of guardianship in Illinois. One is guardianship of the person, meaning that the guardian is responsible for meeting the ward’s physical needs for food, shelter, clothing and medical care. The other is guardianship of the ward’s estate, taking care of all financial and legal issues. Although one guardian can perform both sets of responsibilities, it is possible for an individual to name two guardians. Our attorneys advise clients about guardianship issues such as these and help them develop the guardianship arrangements that meet their needs.
Our lawyers not only handle guardianship matters for clients, but teach the subject in continuing legal education seminars and other venues. This provides us with cutting-edge knowledge of this area of our practice, knowledge that we use to benefit our clients.