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The process for establishing a guardian

Appointing a guardian is a great way to ensure that you and your family are taken care of if you ever become incapable of making decisions on your own. If you are preparing to take this important step and assign a guardian in Florida, there are a few things to keep in mind. We at the Law Offices of Frye and Vazquez can help you ensure that you follow all rules and regulations as you plan for the future of your family.

First, it is important to assure that your chosen guardian qualifies for the position. According to FindLaw.com, state laws claim that this person must be a legal adult, meaning over 18 years old. Most applicants need to be residents of the state, but this requirement can be overridden if the person is a close relation to the proposed ward, such as an aunt, uncle, sister, brother, nephew, niece, adoptive parent or a spouse of any of these people. The person cannot have been convicted of a felony at any point.

Once you have determined that your candidate meets state requirements, you can begin your case. The court may provide training for your chosen candidate and allow a committee to evaluate whether or not this person is suitable for the position. Typically, three individuals will be chosen for this committee and will include medical professionals or psychiatrists. 

What happens next will be up to your judge, but further background checks and educational courses may be required. For more information on this topic, please visit our web page.

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