Guardianships and Guardianship Litigation in St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Tampa, Sarasota, Pinellas County and surrounding West Florida areas.
Upon the filing of a petition to determine incapacity, the Court will appoint an examining committee consisting of three members. One member must be a psychiatrist or other physician. The remaining members consist of either a psychologist, gerontologist, or other physician; and a registered nurse, nurse practitioner, licensed social worker, or person with an advanced degree in gerontology from an accredited institution.
Each committee member meets with the alleged incapacitated person for purposes of performing a physical and mental health examination, along with a functional assessment. The examining committee members may also have access to the alleged incapacitated person’s pertinent medical records. Upon their review and examination, each examining committee member must submit a report, which in part determines what rights, if any, the alleged incapacitated person is incapable of exercising. The report will also recommend whether the alleged incapacitated person retain all rights, be subject to limited guardianship, or subject to a plenary guardianship.
If you are considering filing a guardianship, or are otherwise involved in pending guardianship litigation, please contact our office, as our attorneys routinely handle guardianships, contested guardianships and guardianship litigation in the courts of St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Tampa, Sarasota, Pinellas County and the surrounding West Florida areas.