GUARDIANSHIP

Florida Guardianship Lawyer, Kimberly Soto, provides Guardianship legal representation in Altamonte Springs, Apopka, Casselberry, Longwood, Ocoee, Orlando, Orange County, Osceola County, Lake County, Seminole County, Volusia County, and throughout Central Florida.

Under Florida Statutes 393.12, a Guardian may be appointed by a Probate Court to handle the decision-making tasks necessary to care for the person or property of a minor child or adult (also known as a ward), who is (i) developmentally disabled or (ii) adjudicated incompetent by a mental health professional or by law.  Some of the decisions a Guardian would make on behalf of a ward may include, but is not limited to, medical treatment, education, counseling, applying for benefits, property and/or asset protection, etc.

Guardianships vary in type and are created to allow a guardian to oversee and/or manage:

  • certain aspects of care for the ward (Limited Guardianship),

  • all rights of care over the ward (Plenary Guardianship),

  • the ward’s personal care, health, and choice of residence (Guardianship of a Person), or

  • the ward’s income, assets, finances and bills (Guardianship of Property).

Under Florida Probate Rule 5.030, anyone seeking guardianship must hire an attorney because the first step in obtaining guardianship requires filing a petition to request determination of an individual’s incapacity.  In addition, the court requires the proposed guardian to undergo a background screening to determine if the applicant has a disqualifying history or undisclosed criminal history.

 

For more information regarding the Guardianship process, review our featured article, "8 Steps to Guardianship in Florida," as well as the video on our YouTube Channel.

 

Attorney, Kimberly Soto, Esq. and her legal team understand that seeking guardianship can be an emotional process.  Therefore, if you need an attorney, or have any questions about guardianship in the State of Florida, please contact The Soto Law Office, P.A. to discuss how our firm can help guide you and your family through the many complicated legal and financial details involved in the guardianship process.

Serving Brevard, Lake, Orange, Osceola, Seminole, and Volusia Counties

Telephone: (321) 972-2279

Fax: (407) 386-7165

Wekiva Springs Office Park • 415 Montgomery Road, Suite 111 • Altamonte Springs, FL 32714

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