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What are the behavioral signs of elder abuse?

If you suspect that an elderly loved one in Florida is enduring abuse at the hands of a guardian, it is important to take action right away. Unfortunately, the signs of mistreatment can be very subtle and difficult to spot. They may take the form of behavioral changes, especially if the abuse is not physical in nature.

How undue influence can affect seniors

As your parents age, you may start to get worried about them falling victim to scams and predatory tactics aimed at older people. At the Law Offices of Frye & Vazquez, P.L., we understand that age-related cognitive disorders and other issues can make Florida senior citizens vulnerable to unscrupulous people.

What responsibilities does a guardian of an adult have?

In Florida, the court may appoint a guardian for an adult who has a mental disability or becomes incapacitated due to age-related dementia, a head injury or a number of other possible causes. If you become the guardian of a disabled or incapacitated adult, your responsibilities may be different from what you might expect. 

How does guardianship differ from adoption?

From time to time, parents in Florida are no longer able to care for their biological children. This can occur if you and/or the child's other parent become incapacitated or die. It can also occur if a court issues a decision against you declaring you to be unfit. In situations like this, the care of your child becomes the responsibility of another adult, one chosen either by the court or by you, depending on the circumstances. This can take place via one of two legal processes: adoption or guardianship. 

Settlements, children and guardianship

Guardianship is extremely helpful in many situations, and it can help ensure that people who are unable to take care of themselves receive the support that they need. From incapacitation due to an unexpected accident to someone with special needs, there are many reasons why people may find themselves in need of a guardianship. When it comes to children, there are many situations in which establishing guardianship for a minor may be necessary. In this post, we will look over some issues related to large financial settlements and guardianship for children in Miami and throughout the state of Florida.

Factors to consider when choosing a guardian for children

One of the last things Florida couples want to consider is who would raise their children if something were to happen to them. Unfortunately, it is extremely important to choose a guardian for your child to include in your will or estate plan. This gives peace of mind and provides the court with information about who the parents want to raise their child. There are several things to consider when a guardian is being chosen.

When should you establish a guardianship?

Floridian residents like you have a lot on your plate if you are involved in the potential establishment of a guardianship. The Law Offices of Frye & Vazquez, P.L., are here to help you through the process by explaining things in a way that is easy to digest.

When seniors should stop driving

When Florida residents serve as the guardians of their elderly parents, they usually assist with medical and financial decisions. However, some seniors may still drive themselves to medical appointments and run their own errands. The time may come when a senior can no longer drive safely and it is important for guardians to recognize the signs that someone should stop driving.

Guardianship and estate planning

When a person becomes incapacitated, Florida law allows another person to take over making medical and financial decisions by being appointed a guardian. A guardianship may be filed when a person is temporarily or permanently unable to make decisions for themselves due to incapacity.

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