A guardian is someone appointed by the court to make decisions for an incapacitated adult or a minor whose natural parents cannot make decisions for them. Some of the reasons someone may pursue a guardianship for a loved one include:
Florida recognizes several different types of guardianships. Some of the more common types are:
To request a guardianship, you or your attorney must file two petitions with the Florida courts. The first petition is to prove that the individual who would be subject to the guardianship is incapacitated. The second petition is to request the appointment of the specific guardian. To be named as a guardian, you must meet the following qualifications:
Once the court approves the guardianship, the guardian must take an oath to faithfully perform their duties as well as post a bond to the state.
If you believe that your loved one may be in need of a guardian to help them manage their health or financial affairs, contact Huth, Pratt and Milhauser. We specialize in all aspects of guardianship formation and management – from establishing guardianships to representing guardians and monitoring / reporting their activities to the courts, as required by Florida law. Similarly, if you have a loved one who is a ward under a Guardianship and are concerned that their affairs are being improperly managed by an existing Guardian, we can help by petitioning the court to have the Guardianship changed or terminated if Guardianship was improper to begin with. Call us today for a no-obligation free consultation.
Huth, Pratt and Milhauser
Huth, Pratt and Milhauser is a boutique law firm that offers a wide range of legal services in the specialty areas of wills, trusts, estates, probate, guardianship, and related matters. The range of legal services that Huth, Pratt & Milhauser provides in these specialty areas includes planning, administration and litigation. The experience and skills of our attorneys and staff, coupled with our knowledge of applicable law, enable us to provide outstanding representation to our clients.
Although we are located in South Florida, we proudly serve clients throughout the country and around the world from our Boca Raton offices. We strive to provide superior and focused counsel in a timely manner and at a competitive price.
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