What is Guardianship?
Guardianship is the legal process of having someone appointed to make decisions over the health and finances of another person. For many people, this means caring for a special needs child or protecting an elderly parent from abuse or fraud. A knowledgeable family attorney could help you appoint a guardian who will truly care for their ward.
Who qualifies as guardian?
A guardian can be a family member, a close personal friend, or an independent third-party professional. A person who wishes to be a guardian must first complete an application for appointment as a guardian and list his or her qualifications to serve as a guardian. Speak with a Coral Gables guardianship lawyer to learn more.
Types of Guardianships
There are several types of guardianships a person could need, including:
- Plenary Guardianship
- Limited Guardianship
- Minor Guardianship
- Emergency Temporary Guardianship
- Guardian Advocacy
- Voluntary Guardianship
- Preneed Guardian
It is important to work with a legal team familiar with all aspects of guardianship law.
Appointing a Guardian in Coral Gables
In an adult guardianship, the court determines whether a person is incapacitated by appointing an examining committee to evaluate the alleged incapacitated person and report their findings to the court. If an adult is determined to be incapacitated, the court may remove certain rights from the incapacitated person and delegate those rights to the appointed guardian. This gives the guardian the legal authority to make decisions on behalf of the incapacitated person regarding those rights. Minors may also require an appointment of a guardian to take care of financial needs of the minor. This may occur when a child’s parents have passed away, a child received a settlement over $15,000, or other reasons under Florida law.
Rights of Persons Under Guardianship
All persons under guardianship retain their right to restore the rights delegated to their guardian at the earliest possible chance. A guardian must respect the wishes of the person under guardianship and may not act in a way contrary to his or her best interest. Persons placed under guardianship should be given the opportunity to be as independent as possible and may still express their preferences regarding decisions which affect their lives. Most importantly, persons under guardianship are to be treated with respect and dignity and are to be protected against any abuse or neglect they may experience.
The Florida Probate & Family Law Firm is ready to assist you and your loved ones with the following:
- Establishment of Guardianship;
- Representing Guardians;
- Representing Family Members in Guardianship Proceedings;
- Guardianship Litigation;
- Appointment of Professional Guardians;
- Filing of Annual Reports and Accountings.
We know the guardianship process can be time-consuming, intrusive and stressful for everyone involved. However, working with an experienced Florida Guardianship attorney can make the process much easier for everyone involved. The attorneys at The Florida Probate & Family Law Firm understand your situation, and we will use our extensive experience to secure the most favorable solution in your case. We pride ourselves on understanding our client’s needs and goals, and then use our knowledge, skill, and resources to work towards a desirable outcome. Contact us today to discuss your situation, get your questions answered, and find out how we can help guide your through the guardianship process.