Guardianship law regulates the process in which a person is appointed by the court to manage the affairs of another. Guardianship’s should be considered only as a last resort and only after considering other less restrictive alternatives like trusts, powers of attorney, and designations of health care surrogates. If no less restrictive alternatives exist, then guardianship may be your only option.
Debra L. Dandar is an experienced guardianship attorney with many active cases. At St Pete College, Lee is certified by the Statewide Professional Guardianship Office (SPGO) to teach the 40-hour professional, 12-hour family, and 8-hour minor guardianship education courses required of all court-appointed guardians.
Guardians are often next of kin, children of the elderly, or other responsible family member. If there are no children or other family members willing to serve as guardian, then a professional guardian may be appropriate.
Guardians have a duty to act in the ward’s best interest while the ward is alive. Being a guardian can be a lengthy job fraught with many emotional peaks and valleys.
Guardianship means that you have decision-making authority over that person. The appointed guardian must annually report to the local court about those decisions. Guardians not only have complete control of your finances, but the law also compels the guardian to protect you from abuse, neglect, and exploitation.
You may pre-select your own guardian if you should ever need one. Doing so is an important decision for which you should consult an experienced guardianship attorney. Giving another individual total control over your life and finances is a huge responsibility. Obviously, it is critical you choose the proper person.Debra can discuss this with you. If you believe that a person you know may be in need of a guardian and you have questions, Lee can discuss this with you too.
Most importantly, you must speak with an experienced guardianship attorney. Debra L. Dandar is qualified to handle most issues related to guardianship law. We can answer your questions and help put your mind at ease.
You need informed advocates working on your side, so we encourage you to call us for a free consultation today.