No guardian ad litem fees for DCFS. PA 098-0089September 2013Illinois Law Update, Page 452Guardianship cases that require the appointment of a guardian ad litem generally require that the petitioner pay for any guardian ad litem fees when the respondent is unable to pay. 755 ILCS 5/11a-10.
Absolute immunity for child repsBy Helen W. GunnarssonOctober 2011Lawpulse, Page 490Immunity from liability is absolute for child representatives working within the scope of their court-appointed duties.
Introducing the New and Improved Minor Guardianship StatuteBy Margaret C. BensonDecember 2010Article, Page 628An important new amendment to the Illinois Probate Act clarifies when nonparents have standing in minor guardianship cases and otherwise honors the rights of parents while protecting children.
ABCs for GALsBy Helen W. GunnarssonNovember 2010Article, Page 572You'd like to serve as a GAL, child rep, or attorney for the child - how do you play this important but challenging role? Seasoned lawyers offer dos, don'ts, and tips.
GALS and cross-cultural custodyBy Helen W. GunnarssonNovember 2010Lawpulse, Page 558For custody disputes involving international and immigrant families, determining what's best for the child can be especially difficult.
You’ve been appointed GAL-now what?By Helen W. GunnarssonSeptember 2008Lawpulse, Page 438Might you be a minor child's court appointed guardian ad litem? If so, here are some pointers from a colleague who's been there.
Ex post facto Medicaid “planning”By Helen W. GunnarssonNovember 2007Lawpulse, Page 570May an agent or guardian shift the principal's assets for Medicaid planning purposes after the principal has become disabled? Yes - but doing so can be expensive.
Probate Act section should be read independently of IMDMAApril 2006Illinois Law Update, Page 174On February 2, 2006, the Illinois Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the Illinois Appellate Court, Third District, reversing and remanding the Circuit Court of LaSalle County's dismissal of a petition for guardianship of a child.
Guardianship requirements amended - PA094-0579October 2005Illinois Law Update, Page 506On August 12, 2005, the Probate Act of 1975 (755 ILCS 5) (Act) was modified to specify new conditions under which one may act as a guardian of both the person and the estate.
New law fine-tunes child rep statuteBy Helen W. GunnarssonOctober 2005Lawpulse, Page 498A new act seeks to clear up confusion about the differing roles of attorney, GAL, and child representative, and expressly authorizes judges to order divorcing spouses into counseling.
Till death us do part?By Helen W. GunnarssonMay 2005Lawpulse, Page 226Suppose Michael and Terri Schiavo had resided in Illinois after she became incapacitated, and suppose Michael had wanted (or been willing) to divorce her – would Illinois law have allowed it?