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What are the different types of guardianships in Florida?

A guardian is someone who is appointed by a Florida judge to render financial or other personal decisions on behalf of a child or someone with physical or mental disabilities. Guardianships can be either involuntary or voluntary in the state of Florida.

Choosing a guardian for your parents

Like many Florida residents, you likely think of your parents as responsible caregivers for the family. There may come a time, though, when your parents cannot care for themselves and need you to take over. At the Law Offices of Frye and Vazquez, P.L., we know it is important for you to know when you should appoint a guardian for your parents.

What are the different types of conservatorship?

There are two situations in which your family in Florida may seek the appointment of a conservator for a relation. You may have an elderly family member with a serious health issue, such as dementia, that has led to his or her incapacitation, or you may have an adult child or sibling who is unable to take care of himself or herself due to physical or mental disability. In either case, to appoint a conservator, you may need to go through a lengthy legal process that involves filling out forms and submitting them to the probate court.

What to know about guardianship of the elderly?

As a Florida resident with an aging relative, you might be looking into the possibility of setting up a guardianship in the future. There are many reasons that this can come in handy, and it can provide plenty of benefits for all parties involved.

What are the different types of adult guardianship?

There are many different reasons why an adult in Florida may require a guardian to help manage his or her affairs. Therefore, it stands to reason that what a ward needs from his or her guardian may vary. If your ward is only slightly incapacitated, it does not necessarily make sense for you to assume complete authority. 

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.

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