Chicago Guardianship Lawyers
Elgin, IL Guardianship Attorneys for Minors and Disabled Adults
A guardian is a protector. A person who can be a sole point of contact regarding the finances, health, and personal affairs of a minor or disabled individual. At times, guardianship is necessary because the person who needs care cannot adequately communicate their desires. The process of establishing and maintaining a guardianship has several stages; a qualified guardianship lawyer is necessary to ensure proper set up of this legal relationship.
At the Law Offices of Anthony R. Scifo, we have successfully guided the guardianship process for minors and disabled adults. We have also served as court appointed counsel for the disabled and as a court approved guardian ad litem (GAL) in multiple estate and family law matters. We protect and enhance the quality of life of each client we serve. Often, people with concerns about financial exploitation, fraud, or abuse do not know where to turn or how to pursue justice. Our firm understands the frustration and responds with swift action to improve unfortunate circumstances in the toughest of times.
Helping Clients Establish Guardianship in Cook County
From an infant who lost both parents to an elderly woman trapped in the vicious decline of Alzheimers, there is a multitude of people who need help to navigate life. A guardianship may be created to manage a Minors Estate, direct care for special needs children, and aid adults with impairments or disabilities that prevent them from caring for themselves.
To begin the process, a petition must be filed in the county of residence of the child or disabled adult. The court will review the petition and ensure that state requirements for guardianship are met. A guardian must be:
- A legal United States citizen aged 18 or older;
- Have no record of a felony conviction; and
- Be mentally competent and not disabled as defined in a court of law.
In addition, it must be proven that the person in question needs a guardian. Our guardianship attorneys are ready to walk you through the process, which can often be complex and lengthy. How will you handle the challenges of court proceedings? Do you know what to expect? Having an experienced lawyer on your side is important whether you are seeking a guardian or petitioning to become one.
Serving as Court Appointed Counsel and a Court Approved GAL
Court cases involving the elderly, disabled persons or minors often require the assistance of an attorney that can examine their circumstances and offer recommendations in a courtroom setting. Our firm has experience serving in court appointed roles, working with people who need help conveying their thoughts and representing their best interests. Our guardian ad litem attorneys serve as the eyes and ears of the court, lending experience in family law, adoption, and probate cases. As a court approved GAL in several Illinois counties, our guardian ad litem lawyer has experience with matters of varying circumstances, including investigating disability claims.
Contact Trusted Guardianship Attorneys Now
If you need assistance with a guardianship matter, please contact our experienced guardianship lawyers today by calling 847-628-8311 to set up an initial appointment. We serve Chicago, including Elgin, Rolling Meadows, Barrington, Carpentersville, Crystal Lake, Hoffman Estates, South Elgin, Lake in the Hills, Kane County, Cook County, and surrounding counties.