What You Need To Know About Guardianship In Florida

There comes a time when a person may no longer be in the position to make decisions for themselves. Whether you worry about your future if you end up in that situation, or develop concerns for a loved one, you want to get reliable information about your options. Finding the right attorney to work with is an important step.

The law firm of L. Bruce Swiren, P.A., has over 50 years of experience working with families and individuals facing guardianship concerns. We work with our clients to develop plans that prioritize the safety, both physical and financial, of the most vulnerable people around.

What Is Guardianship?

Guardianship is the legal process by which another person, or entity, becomes responsible for the affairs of someone who cannot manage them personally. This person, commonly called a ward in legal paperwork, can be anyone who is:

  • Suffering from age-related mental deterioration
  • Adult children with developmental delay
  • Any person suffering from a debilitating mental illness
  • Someone mentally incapacitated after an accident or disease

In Florida, a person becomes a ward according to the orders of a judge. That judge may then assign someone to be the guardian giving them the power to make decisions on behalf of the ward.

What Decisions Can A Guardian Make?

A guardian has broad powers over their ward. They have the responsibility to manage educational, medical and financial affairs, and that can include such items as accessing personal effects. These are significant powers, which if not awarded properly can cause incredible difficulties for families.

How An Attorney Can Help

Our attorneys will educate you on what you need to do to obtain guardianship over a loved one, or we can advise you if you have concerns over a loved one's current guardianship. There are complicated aspects to the law that we can lay out for you in a personally tailored plan for your needs. Contact us to schedule a free consultation with a dedicated lawyer at our Orlando office by calling 407-287-5137 or toll free 877-806-7949. You may also reach us by email.