(755 ILCS 5/11a-3.1)
Appointment of standby guardian.
(a) The guardian of a person with a disability may designate in any writing,
including a will, a person qualified to
act under Section 11a-5 to be appointed as standby guardian of the person or
estate, or both, of the person with a disability. The
guardian may designate in any writing,
including a will, a person qualified to act under Section 11a-5 to be appointed
as successor standby guardian of the person or estate of the person with a disability, or
both. The designation must be witnessed by 2 or more credible witnesses at
least 18 years of age, neither of whom is the person designated as the
standby guardian. The designation may be proved by any competent evidence. If
the designation is executed and attested in the same manner as a will, it shall
have prima facie validity.
Prior to designating a proposed standby guardian, the guardian shall consult
with the person with a disability to determine the preference of the person with a disability as to
the person who will serve as standby guardian. The guardian shall give due
consideration to the preference of the person with a disability in selecting a standby
(b) Upon the filing of a petition for the appointment of a standby guardian,
the court may appoint a standby guardian of the person or estate, or both, of
the person with a disability as the court finds to be in the best interests of the
person with a disability.
The court shall apply the same standards used in determining the suitability
of a plenary or limited guardian in determining the suitability of a standby
guardian, giving due consideration to the preference of the person with a disability as
to a standby guardian.
The court may not appoint the Office of State Guardian, pursuant to
Section 30 of the Guardianship and Advocacy Act, or a public guardian, pursuant
to Section 13-5 of this Act, as a standby guardian, without the written consent
of the State Guardian or public guardian or an authorized representative of the
State Guardian or public guardian.
(c) The standby guardian shall take and file an oath or affirmation that the
standby guardian will faithfully discharge the duties of the office of standby
guardian according to law, and shall file in and have approved by the court a
bond binding the standby guardian so to do, but shall not be required to file a
bond until the standby guardian assumes all duties as guardian of the person with a disability under Section 11a-18.2.
(d) The designation of a standby guardian may, but need not, be in the
DESIGNATION OF STANDBY GUARDIAN
[IT IS IMPORTANT TO READ THE FOLLOWING INSTRUCTIONS:
A standby guardian is someone who has been appointed
by the court as the person who will act as guardian of the person with a disability when the guardian of the person with a disability dies or is no longer willing or able to make and carry out day-to-day care decisions concerning the person with a disability. By properly completing this form, a guardian is naming the person that the guardian wants to be appointed as the standby guardian of the person with a disability. Signing the form does not appoint the standby guardian; to be appointed, a petition must be filed in and approved by the court.]
1. Guardian and Ward. I, (insert name of designating
guardian), currently residing at (insert address of designating guardian), am the guardian of the following person with a disability: (insert name of ward).
2. Standby Guardian. I hereby designate the
following person to be appointed as standby guardian for my ward listed above: (insert name and address of person designated).
3. Successor Standby Guardian. If the person named
in item 2 above cannot or will not act as standby guardian, I designate the following person to be appointed as successor standby guardian for my ward: (insert name and address of person designated).
4. Date and Signature. This designation is made this
(insert day) day of (insert month and year).
Signed: (designating guardian)
5. Witnesses. I saw the guardian sign this
designation or the guardian told me that the guardian signed this designation. Then I signed the designation as a witness in the presence of the guardian. I am not designated in this instrument to act as a standby guardian for the guardian's ward. (insert space for names, addresses, and signatures of 2 witnesses)
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(Source: P.A. 102-72, eff. 1-1-22