Everyone's estate plan should account for things that are uncertain. The future is unknown, and this is why estate plans are so important to utilize. By having a contingency plan, you will be able to account for every scenario and ensure that your assets can be distributed in the best possible way.
You have a large family. When your fifth child is born, you realize that you want to set up an estate plan and pick guardians for the children. If anything happens to you, you want to make sure that they get taken care of.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.