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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.

Selecting a guardian for children

Florida parents may find it difficult to imagine a time when they will not be there to watch their kids grow up. It is important to remember, though, that sometimes life does not go the way people expect. If parents are unable to care for their children, it is necessary for the kids to have a guardian.

Understanding Florida guardianships

At the Law Offices of Frye & Vazquez, PL, in Florida, we understand how difficult your life becomes if your parent or another family member becomes incapacitated to the point where (s)he cannot manage some or all of his or her own affairs. For instance, you may discover that your elderly parent is neglecting his or her personal hygiene, failing to pay bills on time, mishandling his or her medications, or having any number of other difficulties.

Having a say in your guardianship choice

Ideally, everyone would keep their mental and physical faculties until their final days. However, as we at the Law Offices of Frye & Vazquez, P.L., are aware, this scenario does not occur for every Florida resident. Whether you are suffering from a degenerative age-related condition or you experience an unexpected accident that leaves you incapacitated, leaving this life in perfect health is not guaranteed.

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