If a family member suddenly falls ill or becomes mentally incapacitated, their living will, power of attorney, or healthcare proxy should set out what decisions should be made. However, if they didn’t have these documents in place or the documents didn’t cover all possible circumstances, you may find yourself unable to help make medical decisions or work with their financial institutions on their behalf.
Guardianships are designed to allow a trusted loved one to take over in these types of situations until the family member is able to make decisions on their own again. To establish a guardianship, you will need to go to court and provide proof of the family member’s incapacitation. If multiple people wish to act as guardian, the court will select the person who it thinks can best serve the family member’s interests. Once a guardianship is established, you must carefully comply with its terms and the necessary legal oversight.
Contact Kola & Associates to get help setting up a guardianship in Will, Kane, DuPage, Cook, DeKalb, and Lake counties. We’re conveniently located in Glen Ellyn.