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According to Illinois law, a “guardian” is defined as a person, institution, or agency appointed by a court to manage the affairs of another person, who is referred to as their “ward.” When a child turns 18, his or her parents do not have legal guardianship at that point, since the child is now considered an adult. However, a guardian may be appointed on behalf of an adult who is disabled due to a mental illness, physical incapacity, or developmental disability.

Illinois is one of the most progressive states when it comes to guardianship laws. The Illinois Probate Act was amended in 1979 to provide statutory protection for disabled persons who are 18 or older, with new procedures for appointing guardians. Any person over the age of 18 who is of sound mind, is not a convicted criminal, and is viewed as qualified in a court of law may be appointed as the guardian of an adult with disabilities. However, this person must prove to the court that he or she has the capability to maintain an acceptable level of guardianship.

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