Guardianships and Guardianship Litigation in St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Tampa, Sarasota, Pinellas County and surrounding West Florida areas.
Any competent adult resident of Florida is qualified to serve as a guardian of a ward. Nonresident guardians, however, are limited to competent adults who are either (1) related by legal consanguinity to the ward, (2) a legally adopted child or adoptive parent of the ward, (3) a spouse, brother, sister, uncle, aunt, niece, or nephew of the ward, or someone related by lineal consanguinity to any such person, or (4) the spouse of a person otherwise qualified. Persons convicted of a felony or found to have neglected, abused or abandoned a child, or who are incapable to serve due to illness or incapacity, or otherwise maintain a conflict of interest, are specifically excluded from serving as guardian.
If there are competing petitions for appointment, the Court will give preference to applicants who (1) are related by blood or marriage to the ward, (2) have educational and business experiences relevant to guardianships, (3) have the capacity to manage the financial resources involved, and (4) have the ability to meet the unique needs of the case. While not controlling, the Courts will also consider the expressed wishes of the Ward.
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.