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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.”

Because of the increasing population in the United States of people living much longer lives, the number of “vulnerable” or incapacitated persons has grown exponentially, and therefore the need for guardianship attorneys, lawyers and or law firms has exploded in the last two decades. Florida, like many other states, has been required to address this growing need and has developed an entire body of law for guardianships.

Elder Law

Court Requirements for Guardianship of an Incapacitated Adult

In order to initiate a guardianship proceeding in Florida for an incapacitated adult, the Probate Court requires that a letter from a doctor be provided to the Court giving the Court the appropriate information to demonstrate that the individual is, in fact, incapacitated. A copy of the standard Doctor’s Form Letter typically used for these purposes is provided for your reference.

Sarasota/Lakewood Ranch Guardianship Attorney at Luhrsen Goldberg, LLC

Guardianship attorney Neil Lyons at Luhrsen Goldberg, LLC, provides comprehensive services to our clients in both minor and adult guardianship cases. We recognize that Guardians many times serve out of a love for their Ward, but at the same time, the Guardian often does not have the time or energy to fully understand the requirements of the Guardianship. To the greatest extent possible, Neil Lyons stands ready to assist his clients in the guardianship process.

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, we will be glad to assist you in those matters. Please contact us so that we can discuss these matters with you in more detail.


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