Guardianship is a powerful tool that allows someone to legally care for someone else who is unable to care for themselves. It requires being appointed by the court as a guardian. There are two types of guardianship: guardianship of the person and guardianship of the estate.

Guardianship of the Person – Being appointed guardian of the person allows the guardian to make healthcare decisions and living arrangements for the disabled adult.

Guardianship of the Estate – Being appointed as guardian of the estate allows the guardian to step in to handle the disabled adult’s financial affairs.

If you are thinking of obtaining guardianship, you should consult with an attorney who practices in that area. You’ll want to come prepared with the following:

  • Your loved one’s address, telephone number, and date of birth
  • Your loved one’s family’s names and addresses (spouse, adult children, siblings)
  • An estimate of your loved one’s assets (home, car, bank accounts, investments, etc.)
  • An estimate of your loved one’s income (pensions, social security, disability, etc.)

A recent doctor’s report that states your loved one requires a guardian because they cannot make personal or financial decisions on their own.

Joanna B. Long is an Illinois licensed attorney and founding partner of Campbell Long, LLC. You can learn more about her law firm at

This article is intended to be used for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. If you or your family member are facing any of these issues, you should consult with an attorney.

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