Understanding Florida Guardianships

A guardianship is where an individual is appointed by the court to make decisions for either a minor or an adult who is suffering from mental and/or physical limitations.

When Is A Guardianship Appropriate?

In Florida, a guardian for a minor is appropriate where both parents of the child die or cannot care for a child, or when a child receives funds by way of an inheritance or when a child receives resulting funds exceeding statutory limits in a lawsuit.

A guardianship is appropriate in an adult situation where an adult's ability to conduct their lives and make decisions has been demonstrated to the court to be in jeopardy or impaired.

Guardianship Duties And Responsibilities

  • A guardianship entails many guardian duties and responsibilities which are statutorily defined.
  • The guardian is ethically and legally bound to act in the best interest of the ward — the individual determined to be incompetent — protecting the ward's personal and property rights and facilitating the ward's overall quality of life.

Florida Statutes And Guardianship Guidelines

Chapter 744 of the Florida Statutes outlines and governs guardianships. An attorney can help you understand what the statute means in regards to your specific family law case.

Get A Free Guardianship Consultation

Peeler Law Firm, PLLC, has the legal knowledge and experience to assist you in all guardianship matters. A free consultation is available with Stan Peeler should you be in need of assistance regarding guardianships. Please contact attorney Stan Peeler at 850-462-2563 or email us to get help.