This is a legal proceeding when a person (Ward) requires another individual to have the legal authority to make decisions over the Ward’s property and/or person. The individual with the legal authority is called the Guardian. The Guardian may be appointed with limited or plenary duties.   Plenary means the Guardian has all the fiduciary duties over the Ward.  Limited means the Guardian only has certain declared and ordered fiduciary duties.

This process normally is not required unless a person is incapable of taking care of himself/herself or his/her property due to the lack of mental capacity. There are rare instances when a person will voluntarily request for a Guardian of the property.

Florida Law has very stringent rules to ensure that Guardians do not mishandle the Ward’s property. There are annual reports and plans that must be filed.

Lim & Company, PL is a Jacksonville attorney’s office here to assist you with your Guardianship needs.