A guardianship refers to court ordered management of affairs for someone who is no longer capable of managing his or her own affairs. There are two common types of guardianships under Florida law. In a limited guardianship, the ward (subject of the guardianship) would retain some decision making rights. In a plenary (or full) guardianship, the guardian would assume all decision making rights for the Ward.
DECISION MAKING RIGHTS
A guardian would monitor and make decisions for a ward regarding the following:
Estate receipt of income
Property and asset protection
Appropriation of disbursements
Release of confidential information
Applying for benefits
Acting as benefits representative payee
Non-medical services – education or counseling
Maximizing independence/minimizing restrictions
GUARDIANSHIP LEGAL SERVICES
If you are named as the legal guardian of a family member or wish to establish a legal guardianship, our lawyers at The Law Office of Katherine Schnauss Naugle, P.L. can help you. We assist clients involved with guardianships with the following legal services:
Assistance with incapacity proceedings (hearing to determine incapacity)
Assistance with the appointment of a guardian
Assistance with the preparation of annual reports to the court
Assistance with the preparation of an annual accounting of the assets of the guardianship estate
Assistance with the discharge of the Guardian at the end of the case upon the death of the Ward, or in the event the Ward regains capacity.
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