When individuals become disabled or elderly, and are no longer able to manage their own financial affairs or care for themselves, it may be necessary for a trusted friend or family member to step in. When parents pass away, it also may be necessary to establish guardianships over minor children. This is especially true for individuals who do not have estate plans that name powers of attorney or health care agents, and that do not name guardians to care for minor children.
In Florida, obtaining guardianships enables caring family members to care for their disabled, incapacitated or elderly loved ones or minor children. Establishing a guardianship does not strip an individual of his or her rights, instead it allows caring friends and family members to safeguard their loved ones’ assets, ensure finances are properly managed and that they are well cared for.
At Fleet, Smith & Freeman, we help clients obtain guardianships over the elderly, disabled and children they love. Our lawyers represent clients during the entire process, from the initial court petition, to proving incapacity, and the final creation of the guardian-ward relationship.
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As a guardian, you will have the power to manage your ward’s financial affairs and make health care and general lifestyle decisions on his or her behalf. However, with this power comes many duties; failure to meet your responsibilities can expose you to legal liability.
At Fleet, Smith & Freeman, we help guardians manage their responsibilities and perform their duties in accordance with legal requirements. Our attorneys assist with managing and investing money, keeping exact financial records, creating annual accountings and paying all applicable taxes.