Help A Child In Need By Establishing Guardianship

Guardianships provide legal authority to protect those we love in situations where no such authority exists by default. When a parent can no longer care for their child, a guardianship can give a person the authority to make important decisions for a child under the age of 18.

At the law firm of Schlueter Ecklund & Davitt, in Rockford, Illinois, our attorneys can help you protect your loved ones through guardianship proceedings. Contact us today to discuss your options for becoming a guardian for an underage child in need.

Establishing Guardianships For Minor Children

Children need capable, caring adults in their lives, and these adults need to have legal authority to manage the children's lives. If you are currently taking care of a child who is not your son or daughter, establishing a guardianship can provide you with this essential legal authority. As a permanent legal guardian, you will be able to make necessary and important decisions in the child's life such as:

  • Enroll the child in school
  • Obtaining special education services
  • Bringing the child to the doctor
  • Consenting to medical care on behalf of the child
  • Seeking public benefits
  • Adhering to court orders involving the child

Other types of guardianships that may be available to you, each with differing levels of responsibility, include becoming a guardian ad litem, a standby guardian or a short-term guardian. Contact us today to see which option is right for you and the child you love.

Qualifications For Becoming A Guardian

To become a legal guardian, a person must be at least 18 years old and a U.S. resident of sound mind, and must not be legally disabled or have a felony conviction for an offense involving harm or threat to a child. Once you become a guardian, your responsibility lasts until the child turns 18, the child's parent is able to care for the child again or someone else takes over the guardianship.

If you need the legal authority to care for someone you love, come to Schlueter Ecklund & Davitt in Rockford, Illinois. Call our lawyers today at 815-516-8264 or 800-207-5133, or feel free to contact us online.