about legal guardianship in florida
The Florida Guardianship Association defines the term guardianship as “a legal process designed to protect vulnerable persons from abuse, neglect, and exploitation.” Guardianship can be a confusing and threatening process, as the system is designed to protect the vulnerable but can often leave them feeling powerless. It’s important to speak with a qualified guardianship attorney, an example being Luhrsen Goldberg, that is local to the Sarasota, Bradenton, or Lakewood Ranch area.
A guardian is a court-ordered representative who makes financial or healthcare decisions for a person deemed incapable of properly caring for themselves. People with intellectual and developmental disabilities, the elderly or those who have experienced traumatic brain injuries are most likely to have guardians appointed, but guardians are implemented for a variety of circumstances.
Attorneys in the practice area of elder law represent petitioners, guardians and also serve as court-appointed attorneys representing those who are alleged to be incapacitated. Additionally, elder law attorneys provide guardianship services for minor children who are entitled to receive inheritance, settlement proceeds or damages from civil actions.
Further, guardianship representation includes services to parents of adults with developmental disabilities who want to continue acting on their child’s behalf but may need to file for guardian advocacy.
Whether you are seeking to obtain guardianship of a friend or family member, or you find yourself in the unfortunate situation of having to contest some aspect of an existing guardianship matter, the skilled attorneys and staff at Luhrsen Goldberg, local to the Sarasota, Bradenton, and Lakewood Ranch area, will be glad to assist you. Please contact us for a free consultation to discuss how we may be able to help.