NOTICE OF YOUR RIGHTS AS RESPONDENT
You have been named as a respondent in an guardianship petition asking that you be declared a disabled person. If
the court grants the petition, a guardian will be appointed for you. A copy of the guardianship petition is attached for your
The date and time of the hearing is shown on the first page.
The place where the hearing will occur is Room , Kane County Courthouse, 100 South Third Street,
The Judge's name is Judge , or other judge presiding, and the
telephone number is (630) 232-3400.
If a guardian is appointed for you, the guardian may be given the right to make all important personal decisions for
you, such as where you may live, what medical treatment you may receive, what places you may visit, and who may visit
you. A guardian may also be given the right to control and manage your money and other property, including your home,
if you own one. You may lose the right to make these decisions for yourself.
You have the following rights:
1. You have the right to be present at the court hearing.
2. You have the right to be represented by a lawyer, either one that you retain, or one appointed by the judge.
3. You have the right to ask for a jury of 6 persons to hear your case.
4. You have the right to present evidence to the court and to confront and cross-examine witnesses.
5. You have the right to ask the Judge to appoint an independent expert to examine you and give an opinion about
your need for a guardian.
6. You have the right to ask that the court hearing be closed to the public.
7. You have the right to tell the court whom you prefer to have for your guardian.
You do not have to attend the court hearing if you do not want to be there. If you do not attend, the judge may
appoint a guardian if the judge finds that a guardian would be of benefit to you. The hearing will not be postponed or
cancelled if you do not attend.
IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT YOU ATTEND THE HEARING IF YOU DO NOT WANT A GUARDIAN OR
IF YOU WANT SOMEONE OTHER THAN THE PERSON NAMED IN THE GUARDIANSHIP PETITION TO BE
YOUR GUARDIAN. IF YOU DO NOT WANT A GUARDIAN OR IF YOU HAVE ANY OTHER PROBLEMS, YOU
SHOULD CONTACT AN ATTORNEY OR COME TO COURT AND TELL THE JUDGE.
Service of summons and the petition may be made by a private person 18 years of age or over who is not a party to the
Notice of the time and place of the hearing shall be given by the petitioner by mail or in person to those persons,
including the proposed guardian, whose names and addresses appear in the petition and who do not waive notice,
not less than 14 days before the hearing.
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