Guardian Advocacy is the process that specifically only deals with individuals with a "developmental disability," which is defined by Section 393.063(12) of the Florida Statutes. Florida Statutes defines developmental disability as:
"a disorder or syndrome that is attributable to intellectual disability, cerebral palsy, autism, spina bifida, Down syndrome, Phelan-McDermid syndrome, or Prader-Willi syndrome; that manifests before the age of 18; and that constitutes a substantial handicap that can reasonably be expected to continue indefinitely."
In the guardian advocacy proceeding, the Ward does not have to be declared incapacitated. Since there's no need to declare the Ward incapacitated, the Guardian Advocate does not need to be represented by an attorney, unless the Court requires an attorney or the Guardian Advocate is exercising rights over the Ward's property.
Guardian advocacy is for parents who have disabled children who are over the age of 18 but still require their parents to assist them financially or with their medical issues.
If you or someone you know needs more details about a Guardian Advocacy, please contact Kimberly M. Soto at 321.972.2279 so she can further advise you.