A “Guardian” is a person who has the legal right or responsibility to make decisions on behalf of a person who is unable to do so for themselves (ward). The “Ward” can be a minor or child of fewer than 18 years of age or an adult who has become incapacitated due to age or some form of disability. Usually, the guardian is appointed by law or as per the wishes of the immediate family.
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The law firm of Doane & Doane, P.A., hosts an experienced team of attorneys and paralegals who will be able to assist you in every aspect of guardianship matters. A guardianship is a legal relationship between a person named in a Will and Trust, or petition with the court to care for either minor children or adults who have been deemed incompetent to care for themselves. When the court system is involved with a guardianship, the journey from start to finish can be long and confusing to the lay person. Let the attorneys at Doane & Doane, P.A. help in these matters – they are experienced with this type of law. They are ready, willing and able to assist the guardianship client through the labyrinth of proceedings which will result in a successful relationship for all concerned.
Depending on whether the guardianship relates to a minor child or an incapacitated adult, the laws and paperwork for each area are specific and detail-oriented regarding duties, responsibilities, and powers of the guardian. The court is quite often the “supervisor” of the guardianship and the particulars are expected to be followed verbatim. The assistance of the legal team at Doane & Doane, P.A. can make the navigation of those procedures easy to facilitate.
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Without proper assistance, guardianships can become frustrating for both the guardian and the “ward.” We, at Doane & Doane, P.A., are ready to assist in every facet of a guardianship. We know the laws of the State of Florida as they pertain to such situations and we are prepared to assist along the way so that the guardianship of a loved one becomes the answer to a prayer rather than the reason for a prayer.
When it comes to Guardianship of a child, the guardian has the same legal rights and responsibilities to the minor as the biological or adoptive parents. The guardian will have to make decisions on behalf of the child regarding –
- Medical Care
- Extra-Curricular Activities
What makes a child guardianship more critical is the fact that the guardian is legally and financially responsible for the willful or intentional acts of the child.
To manage the property and assets of a minor or a child, a guardian is appointed. In legal terms, it is often referred to as the “Guardianship Of The Estate”. The property and assets can consist of –
- Real and Personal Property
- Bank Accounts
- Valuable Heirlooms
The duties of the guardian of the estate are the same as that of a trustee. This means that the guardian is in charge of managing the child’s estate effectively, with due care & diligence, and proper fiduciary responsibilities.
How We Can Assist
The Family Law Attorneys and Child Guardianship Lawyers at Doane & Doane can help you –
- Prepare petitions to determine incapacity.
- Appoint one or more guardians.
- Transfer guardianship to another state.
- Attend hearings with the most likely guardian.
- Assist the guardian in filing an asset inventory on behalf of the ward.
- Charting out a plan to take good care of the ward.
- Help the family of the disabled beneficiary to set up a special needs trust.
- Institute a guardianship on the property for a minor who is the beneficiary of a settlement.
- Discharge the guardian when the case ends due to death, reaching the age of maturity, restoration of capacity, etc.
Get Help From Guardianship Attorneys In Palm Beach Florida
If you are a resident of Palm Beach, Florida, you need not look any further than Doane & Doane for your guardianship issues. Our Guardianship Lawyers are the best in the business and eager to help you. Our Family Law Attorneys will assist you in each and every aspect of the guardianship.
Our Child Guardianship Lawyers are both passionate and compassionate to handle even the most fragile and sensitive cases involving guardianship issues.
Types Of Guardianship Our Lawyers Can Assist You With
- Guardianship of a minor.
- Limited guardianship.
- Plenary guardianship.
- Standby guardian.
- Guardian advocate.
- Pre-need guardian.
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When you give a call at the law offices of Doane & Doane, you will speak with a guardianship lawyer who is both qualified and an expert in the Florida Guardianship Law. To make the deal sweeter, you can talk freely with no commitment required until you are completely satisfied.
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Attorney and partner of this Firm, Rebecca Doane, was the founder of the Guardianship Education Committee of Palm Beach County in 1989. Until 2013, she served as chairperson and mentor in the development of a tutorial course for potential guardians. Her guardianship education course is now required by the court system of Palm Beach County for any potential guardian. It serves as the prototype for such courses in other counties in Florida. We are a primary resource for any guardianship being considered in Palm Beach County, surrounding counties, or the State of Florida.
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We are here to help you and answer any questions you may have about the establishment and continuation of a guardianship.