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Guardian Ad Litem for Disabled Adults

Volunteers serve as Guardian Ad Litem (GAL) in Guardianship of Disabled Adult cases in the Probate Court.

Volunteer GALs have two important missions: (1) meet and talk with the person alleged to be disabled, including explaining the fundamental rights at stake and how to protect them; and (2) act as the eyes and the ears of the judge by investigating the respondent’s living conditions and making a recommendation regarding the respondent’s best interests.

Volunteer GALs will often conduct site visits of the alleged disabled person’s residence/nursing home/hospital, interview the alleged disabled person, review medical reports and interview health care personnel as necessary, facilitate negotiations, provide a written report to the court with recommendations regarding guardianship, and possibly advocate that recommendation before the court.

Chicago Volunteer Legal Services Foundation represents low-income Chicagoans in a wide variety of civil matters, both litigation and non-litigation matters. CVLS’ caseload is heavily weighted to family law, real estate, and consumer issues. Supporting volunteers is a priority for CVLS staff.

Type of engagement

Litigation

Time commitment

Completion of the orientation (1 hr.), then approximately 6 hours over 6 weeks.

Training and support

A 2-hour in person or online training and training manual. In addition, CVLS’ experienced staff attorneys provide one-to-one training for all volunteer GALs and will walk you through your first case when needed.

  • Training is provided and required
  • CLE credit for training

Acquired skills

Case management, client counseling, client/witness interviewing, negotiating, writing/drafting

Skills and resources required

All attorneys are competent to handle this matter after the training provided.

Location

Chicago, IL

Guardian Ad Litem for Disabled Adults

Volunteers serve as Guardian Ad Litem (GAL) in Guardianship of Disabled Adult cases in the Probate Court.

Volunteer GALs have two important missions: (1) meet and talk with the person alleged to be disabled, including explaining the fundamental rights at stake and how to protect them; and (2) act as the eyes and the ears of the judge by investigating the respondent’s living conditions and making a recommendation regarding the respondent’s best interests.

Volunteer GALs will often conduct site visits of the alleged disabled person’s residence/nursing home/hospital, interview the alleged disabled person, review medical reports and interview health care personnel as necessary, facilitate negotiations, provide a written report to the court with recommendations regarding guardianship, and possibly advocate that recommendation before the court.

Chicago Volunteer Legal Services Foundation represents low-income Chicagoans in a wide variety of civil matters, both litigation and non-litigation matters. CVLS’ caseload is heavily weighted to family law, real estate, and consumer issues. Supporting volunteers is a priority for CVLS staff.

Type of engagement

Litigation

Time commitment

Completion of the orientation (1 hr.), then approximately 6 hours over 6 weeks.

Training and support

A 2-hour in person or online training and training manual. In addition, CVLS’ experienced staff attorneys provide one-to-one training for all volunteer GALs and will walk you through your first case when needed.

  • Training is provided and required
  • CLE credit for training

Acquired skills

Case management, client counseling, client/witness interviewing, negotiating, writing/drafting

Skills and resources required

All attorneys are competent to handle this matter after the training provided.

Location

Chicago, IL