Hi. I’m attorney Gregory Schwendeman, I’m with the law office of Amy B. Van Fossen. The last week, attorney Tyler Runte gave you some tips of the day regarding estate planning, and now this week we’re going to present guardianship issues to you.

What Is Guardianship?

You may ask what is a guardianship? Well, guardianship is a legal tool that gives one person the ability to make decisions for another person. Guardianships occur usually when a person becomes incapacitated and can no longer make their own legal, financial, and healthcare decisions and guardianship can only be established by a judge, where there are no least restrictive means available to make those very important decisions.

Florida law requires that you have the assistance of an attorney in guardianship proceedings. Most people think guardianship only applies to the elderly who may be suffering from dementia, such as Alzheimer’s, but guardianship is also a very legal useful tool for minors who may be inheriting money or for special needs young adults. In the coming days, we will explore these and other issues. If you have any questions about guardianship or elder law in general, please call us at (321) 345-5945. Thanks a lot and I’ll talk to you soon.