If a loved one is no longer able to care for him or herself, it may be time to consider setting up a guardianship.

Guardianship is the state-supervised process of managing a person and/or his property if he is unable to manage them for himself. Under Florida law, there are two forms of guardianship:  guardianship of the property and guardianship of the person. Often, both types may be required, but there are instances where only one is necessary.

Guardianship of the property refers to the collection and control over the assets of the ward. The guardian must file a complete inventory and verify its accuracy under oath and submit to annual accounting that will be filed with the courts.

Guardianship of the person can be more complicated. When a person has been found incompetent, due to mental illness or other reason, then the state appoints a guardian to be responsible for that person until the incapacity no longer exists. If the ward is a child, for example, the guardianship would end when they turn 18. If the ward is an elderly person, then it would extend until the death of the ward. Guardians must file annual reports with the court on the health and wellbeing of the ward.

It is necessary to hire qualified representation to advise you throughout guardianship proceedings.

Martinez Law is exceptionally qualified in Florida guardianship administration. If you would like to set up a consultation, please contact Martinez Law. 813-288-1LAW