A guardianship is a legal proceeding in which a guardian exercises the legal rights of a ward. It is started by filing a document asking the Judge to appoint someone to look out for the welfare of a ward (someone who can’t take care of themselves).
When are times when a guardianship may be necessary?
One of those times for clients with special needs may be when a child turns eighteen. When a child turns eighteen, a parent can no longer make legal decisions for them. However, the eighteen year old may not be capable to make decisions. The parents can petition the court to become the child’s legal guardian
Another time may be if a child receives an inheritance or proceeds of a lawsuit or insurance policy exceeding $15,000, the court must appoint a guardian.
For more information on the process, please call our office and visit the Florida Bar at http://www.floridabar.org/tfb/TFBConsum.nsf/48e76203493b82ad852567090070c9b9/e8fd739d221b11c085256b2f006c5a4e