Guardianships and Guardianship Litigation in St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Tampa, Sarasota, Pinellas County and surrounding West Florida areas.
A guardian is a fiduciary who owes certain duties to the Ward and other interested persons as determined by the Court. The guardian of an incapacitated person may exercise only those rights that have been removed by the Ward and specifically delegated to the guardian. A guardian’s many duties include, but are not limited to, the following:
- The filing of initial and annual guardianship reports consistent with Chapter 744;
- Implementation of the Guardianship Plan;
- Protecting and preserving the property of the Ward, investing it prudently, and accounting for it faithfully;
- Upon termination of the Guardianship, administering the Guardianship Estate in accordance with law; and
- Personally meeting with the Ward to ensure the appropriateness of the Ward’s living situation and that the Ward’s physical and mental needs are being met.
Anyone applying to be a guardian within the State of Florida should take the time to consult an attorney and to review the various duties and responsibilities associated with serving as a guardian. If a guardian fails to meet their burden of care, both physically and financially, they may be liable to the Ward or other interested third parties.
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.