St. Johns County Guardianship Lawyer
Depending upon your circumstances, a guardianship over another person may be in your future. Guardianship cases may be required for the elderly, the incapacitated, the developmentally disabled adult, the drug or alcohol dependent, and the mentally ill. Additionally, guardianships may be over a minor child whose parents have passed away or cannot care for them. A guardianship is also necessary whenever a minor child, including your natural children, receives an amount of money over $15,000.00. This money may result from an inheritance, a settlement for a personal injury or wrongful death action, or any other property given which is more than the amount allowable by law.
Any resident of the state of Florida who is 18 years of age or older and who is not disqualified by the reasons listed in the Florida Statutes may act as guardian of a “ward” (the person for whom a guardian has been appointed).
A non-resident of the state may serve as guardian of a resident ward if he or she is:
- Related by lineal consanguinity to the ward.
- A legally adopted child or adoptive parent of the ward.
- A spouse, brother, sister, uncle, aunt, niece, or nephew of the ward, or someone related by lineal consanguinity to any such person.
- The spouse of a person otherwise qualified under this section.
Our St. Johns Guardianship Lawyers are knowledgeable in guardianship matters and have experience with plenary guardianships, limited guardianships, voluntary guardianships, guardianship of minors, and guardian advocacy. We can also assist you in granting temporary custody of a minor child to an extended family member.