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How Is a Guardianship Different from a Power of Attorney?

How Is a Guardianship Different from a Power of Attorney?

When your child with special needs turns age 18, you may lose all ability to assist with healthcare and financial decisions if you do not take a few crucial steps. At 18, the government considers your child an adult and …
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Ending a Guardianship: How and When to Do It

Ending a Guardianship: How and When to Do It

When you are deciding whether to pursue guardianship for your adult child with special needs, you should learn about ending a guardianship. You may realize that since ending a guardianship is difficult, you might be better off waiting to seek …
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The Legal Procedure for Seeking Guardianship

The Legal Procedure for Seeking Guardianship

The legal procedure for seeking guardianship of an adult with special needs in Illinois involves petitioning the court for an order appointing a guardian. Petitioners must follow court procedure exactly to receive the order. Either an “interested person” such as …
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Short-Term Guardian Declarations

Short-Term Guardian Declarations

A guardian of a person with special needs who will be unavailable for a short period of time should execute a short-term guardian declaration. The declaration has the effect of appointing a temporary guardian for the ward (the person with …
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Can a Person with Special Needs Under a Guardianship Still Vote?

Can a Person with Special Needs Under a Guardianship Still Vote?

In the United States, voting is one of the most important rights afforded to citizens. It may surprise you to learn that not every free citizen can actually exercise that right. Many people with special needs cannot vote because they …
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Can a Person with Special Needs Keep His Driver’s License Even If He Has a Guardian?

Can a Person with Special Needs Keep His Driver's License Even If He Has a Guardian?

Maintaining independence and stability for people with special needs strongly motivates many decisions about their lives, including the most appropriate form of transportation. People who have special needs and their families should be aware that guardianships can significantly change their …
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Types of Illinois Adult Guardianships

Illinois law permits several different types of adult guardianships. Guardianships protect people with special needs by allowing guardians to make financial, legal, and logistical decisions for them. Guardianships are supervised by the probate court, which appoints a guardian, oversees administration of …
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What Is a Power of Attorney?

What Is a Power of Attorney

A power of attorney ensures that someone will be there to make decisions for a person when he is no longer able to make them for himself. It is a legal document specifying that a certain person or persons can …
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The grandparents of my child with special needs left him an inheritance. What do we do?

The grandparents of my child with special needs left him an inheritance. What do we do

Grandparents love their grandchildren and want to help provide for them. Many well-meaning grandparents leave their grandsons and granddaughters a small inheritance in their wills. But however good the intention, even a tiny inheritance can potentially cause hardship for a …
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What will happen to my child with special needs when I die?

What will happen to my child with special needs when I die

Preparing for the future is so important — especially for parents of a child with special needs. Every parent of a child with special needs must consider the possibility that he or she may die or become incapacitated and unable …
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