Cook County Guardianship

A guardianship proceeding in Illinois is needed when someone becomes mentally incompetent, or when a Minor needs protection of his/her estate or person. And if the individual needing guardianship protection resides in Cook County, then the guardianship case will need to be handled by the Cook County guardianship court located in Chicago, Illinois.


Cook County Guardianship Court


The Cook County Guardianship Courts are located on the 18th Floor of the Richard J. Daley Center, in the heart of downtown Chicago.  The court call for routine matters is on Mondays through Fridays at 10:00 a.m.  Routine hearings are held at 11:00 a.m., and special hearings and trials are held in the afternoons.


Because of the high volume of cases in the Cook County Guardianship system, there are multiple Guardianship judges.  The high volume of Guardianship matters also tends to make the Guardianship process in Cook County a little slower than surrounding counties.  In addition, the Guardianship judges usually give more oversight to each case to ensure the proper administration of every Guardianship Estate.


How do I know if Cook County is the right county for my loved one's guardianship estate?


If your loved one's primary residence is in Cook County, and he/she will continue to reside in Cook County for the foreseeable future, then the Court will presume that Cook County is the county of domicile for the guardianship case. This is true even if your loved one owns real estate or other property in another county, state, or country.


How long does a guardianship estate take to set up in Cook County, Illinois?


In Cook County, a routine guardianship can be set up in 1 - 2 months, depending on the type of guardianship case. However, if there are circumstances that complicate the opening of the guardianship (such as guardianship litigation), then it could take much longer.


How does hiring an experienced Cook County Guardianship Attorney make a difference when handling a Guardianship case in Cook County?


Because Illinois Guardianship Law can become very complicated, hiring an experienced Cook County Guardianship Lawyer can provide several benefits, including:

  • A more efficient guardianship administration process
  • A more cost-effective administration
  • Familiarity with the guardianship judge and court staff (which can be particularly helpful with complicated and contested guardianship cases)
  • Peace of mind knowing that the overall process is handled properly, pursuant to Illinois Guardianship Law and the Cook County local court rules


And since Attorney Kevin Williams has handled many guardianship cases in Cook County over the past several years, he has become very experienced with the Cook County court system. Contact our firm to hire a knowledgeable Cook County Guardianship Lawyer today!


Contact our Firm


Our firm has helped many individuals with routine and complicated guardianship estates in Cook County.  If you have questions regarding a guardianship estate, complete the form below to set up a free initial consultation:

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