Florida Guardianship

There are times when it is necessary for the court to appoint a guardian for a minor child or adult. A guardian is a person appointed by the court to make personal decisions (guardian of the person) and/ or financial decisions (guardian of the property) for the minor or adult. 
 

When to Appoint a Guardian

A minor may have a guardian appointed for various reasons such as if the parents die or are unable to care for the child, or the child receives a certain sum of money from a lawsuit, inheritance, or insurance. An adult that is determined incapacitated by the court may need a guardian appointed to take care of him or her personally and/or make financial decisions for him or her. 

Florida guardianship law is complex and requires a guardian to file documentation with the court. Every guardian appointed in Florida must be represented by an attorney admitted to practice in Florida. It is important that the guardianship lawyer representing you is experienced in handling these cases and is knowledgeable of guardianship laws. 

At the Coye Law Firm, our Melbourne and Orlando area guardianship attorneys are knowledgeable of Florida guardianship laws and can assist you with the duties required of a guardian. If you have been appointed as a guardian or are looking to create a guardianship, call the Coye Law Firm .

 

Minor Guardianship

There are certain instances when a guardian must be appointed for a minor child. A guardian is required to be appointed for a minor in the following circumstances:
 
  • If the minor is the beneficiary in a wrongful death suit or
  • If the minor is set to receive over $15,000 from:
    • A personal injury suit for injury to the person or a suit for damage to property.
    • Proceeds from an insurance policy or
    • An inheritance.
Every guardian of a minor appointed in Florida must be represented by an attorney that is admitted to practice in Florida. It is important that the attorney you choose to represent you is knowledgeable in Florida guardianship laws and has experience in handling guardianship cases.

The Coye Law Firm has attorneys that can assist you through the ongoing guardianship process. Our estate planning attorneys have experience handling guardianship cases and are knowledgeable in guardianship law. If you have been appointed as a guardian, or are looking to set up a guardianship, call the Coye Law Firm today to assist you with this complex process.

 

Adult Guardianship

There are certain instances when a guardian needs to be appointed for an adult. If an adult has been found incapacitated by the court system, the court will appoint a guardian. A court will determine a person to be incapacitated if it finds the person lacks the capacity to manage some or all of their property, or if the court finds the person lacks the capacity to make at least some essential health and safety decisions.

Every guardian of an adult in Florida must be represented by an attorney. If you are looking to set up a guardianship, or have been appointed as a guardian for an adult, it is important you have an attorney represent you that is knowledgeable in Florida guardianship laws.

At the Coye Law Firm, our attorneys are knowledgeable in Florida guardianship law, and can assist you through the guardianship and estate planning process. Call one of our five central Florida offices today .