The definitions of the various types of guardianship are provided by statute:
a. Guardian of the Person. A guardian of the person will be appointed for a disabled
person when the person, because of the disability, lacks sufficient understanding or capacity
to make or communicate responsible decisions concerning the care of his or her person. 755
b. Guardian of the Estate. A guardian of the estate is appointed for a disabled person
when the person, because of the disability, is unable to manage his or her estate or financial
affairs. 755 ILCS 5/11a-3(a)(2).
c. Plenary Guardian. The plenary guardian of the person must provide for the support,
care, comfort, health, education, maintenance, and necessary professional services for the
ward and any minor or dependent children. 755 ILCS 5/11a-17(a).
d. Limited Guardian. The powers and duties of a guardian may be limited by a court if the
disabled person can manage some of his or her affairs. A limited guardianship of the person
removes from the ward only that authority which is specifically designated by the court’s
order. 755 ILCS 5/11a-14(a).