Guardianship is a legal relationship created when a person or institution is named in a will or assigned by the court to take care of minor children or incompetent adults. It is important to note that the judge is not required to honor the request when someone is named in a will as the guardian of a child in the event of the death of the child’s parent. In order to be granted legal guardianship to ensure the minor's welfare, someone must petition the court to appoint the guardian. The guardianship remains in effect until the child turns 18.
Guardianship in Will County can also be granted to someone who is appointed to care for and/or handle the affairs of a person who is incompetent or incapable of doing so themselves. Guardians must not benefit at the expense of those who receive their care.
Court rules regarding accountings of expenses and requirements of guardians vary and local court rules should be consulted. It is wise to seek the counsel of an attorney in any legal guardianship case. Legal guardianship laws vary by jurisdiction, so local laws should be consulted for specific requirements in your area.
Bretz, Flynn & Associates can help you navigate through the often tricky process of obtaining Joliet guardianship, so give us a call today at (815) 740-1545.