Guardianship is a legal process where the court is petitioned to appoint a guardian to manage the financial or personal affairs of a disabled person. Guardianship may be necessary for an individual in the home setting, as well as a patient at a hospital, long term care facility, or other healthcare facility, where the patient does not have an advanced directive or any family members who are available to serve as a surrogate decision-maker. Guardianship may also be appropriate in instances where a designated decision-maker is unwilling to act in the best interest of the patient. The Illinois Probate Act provides the court with flexibility to tailor the guardianship to meet the specific needs of the disabled person. Our lawyers specialize in assessing a patient’s need for guardianship and taking immediate action to ensure that a guardian is appointed to provide consent for any necessary medical treatment and discharge plans, providing the necessary protection for the individual and all health care providers involved.