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How do I choose who will be the guardian for my minor children if I die?

Parents of minor children can be rightfully concerned about who will care for their children if they are not able to do so. It would be expected that if one parent is unable to care for the children, custody will go to the other parent. However, what if both parents die or become incapacitated? Who Read More

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What is a foreign guardian?

Guardianship is a legal matter that is determined by state law. The guardianship process takes place where the potential ward, or person needing a guardian, resides. The Court gives authority to the guardian over the person and/or property within that state. If the Ward moves to Florida, pursuant to Florida Statute 744.306, the Guardian has Read More

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What is a Court Monitor appointed in a guardianship?

I received a call from a client. She was appointed the guardian of her husband. But a few days later she received an Order Appointing a Court Monitor. She asked, how does this affect my authority? Guardians should realize that the Court’s main objective is the best interest of the Ward. A person who has Read More

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Is Guardianship the Answer? Part II – Elderly with Limitations

Old age brings many casualties – reason, clarity, sanity, and independence, among others. When you observe your elderly loved one struggling to care for their needs, health, or finances you want to help. But how? You need to ask about, or look for, any estate planning documents they may have. This will allow you to Read More

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Is Guardianship the Answer? Part I – Children with Disabilities Reaching Adult Age

Having a child is a joyful occasion. But when your child is born with a disability, along with joy comes concern for the future. The parents care for all of their child’s needs and wants. They make the decisions. They do the best they can. But what happens when their child is no longer a Read More

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Is a guardianship needed even if there is a Power of Attorney?

Especially as people age, it is common for them to have estate planning done by an attorney that includes a Power of Attorney. A Power of Attorney authorizes someone to manage your affairs, should you ever become unable to yourself. Having a Power of Attorney in place should prevent the necessity of a guardianship, but Read More

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Can a guardian change a will?

Can a court appointed guardian change the Ward’s will? A guardian has a legal, or fiduciary duty, to act in the best interest of the Ward. A Ward has already been deemed to have limited mental capacity. What authority does the guardian have in regards to estate planning? The powers of a guardian are listed Read More

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No Power of Attorney? What now?

I recently received the following email from a client: “Attorney Lehn, my father had a stroke and is in the hospital. The doctor says that he will now need long term care. The social worker at the hospital called asking me if my father has a power of attorney. I don’t believe he does. . Read More

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Guardianship vs Power of Attorney

Guardianship and Powers of Attorney As people age, it is very common for them to have their Estate Planning done by an attorney. Most people make it a priority when aging to make sure they have a Power of Attorney in place. With a Power of Attorney, you trust a family member to manage your Read More

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Guardianship Responsibilities

What are your responsibilities as guardian? Generally the duties of being a guardian are to oversee the welfare and safety of the person under guardianship, and to attend to the financial needs of the individual, using their assets wisely. A guardian has a legal duty, called a “fiduciary duty”, to act in the best interests of the Read More

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