Unless otherwise noted these forms are for Illinois residents only
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Declaration For Mental Health Treatment
An adult of sound mind may put into writing his or her preferences regarding future mental health treatment. The preferences may include consent or refusal of mental health treatment and may be stated on the forms provided.
Illinois Statutory Short Form Power of Attorney for Health Care
The State of Illinois recognizes the right of adults to control all aspects of his or her personal care and medical treatment, including the right to decline medical treatment or to direct that it be withdrawn, even if death ensues. This form can be used to designate agents to act on an individual's behalf in regard to health care matters if the individual becomes unable to do so.
Illinois Statutory Short Form Power of Attorney for Property
The State of Illinois recognizes the right of adults to appoint an agent to make property decisions for them. This form can be used to designate agents to act on an individual's behalf if the individual becomes unable to do so.
Forms for a "Guardian of a Person" to Use
Annual Report Form
A report form detailing the ward’s condition, living arrangement, and services provided should be filed annually with the court. The form may be attached to the most recent care plan.
A petition and draft order are provided to facilitate placement of a ward in a residential facility.
Short-term Guardian Form
The guardian of a disabled person may appoint in writing, without court approval, a short-term guardian of the disabled person to take over the guardian's duties, to the extent provided in Section 11a-18.3, each time the guardian is unavailable or unable to carry out those duties. A short-term guardian appointed by the guardian shall have authority to act as guardian of the disabled person for a cumulative total of 60 days during any 12 month period.
Standby Guardian Form
The guardian of a disabled person may designate in any written document, including a will, a person qualified to be appointed as standby guardian or successor standby guardian of the person or estate, or both, of the disabled person. According to Section 11a-5, a standby guardian is someone who has been appointed by the court as the person who will act as guardian of the disabled person when the disabled person's guardian dies or is no longer willing or able to make and carry out day-to-day care decisions concerning the disabled person.
A petition and order are provided to assist in naming a successor guardian upon the death, resignation or removal of a guardian.
Death of a Ward
Guardianship terminates upon death of the ward. A petition to notify the court of the ward’s death and close the guardianship case is attached.