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What does the role of a guardian entail?

Being a guardian is a serious responsibility and is reserved for those who recognize the role as such. Most guardianships are granted to people who demonstrate prudence and responsibility. Some guardianships require the potential guardian to attend a training program approved by the court. He or she must have an attorney represent him/her and is usually required to hold a bond.

The duties and responsibilities of a guardian vary depending upon whether the ward is determined to be partially or wholly incapacitated. If the incapacity is determined to only be partial, then the guardian will only have control over those aspects where the ward is incapable.

If a guardian is given authority over the ward's property, the guardian must keep diligent records and maintain inventory, he or she must invest it wisely and pay for things the ward needs. If the ward is decidedly and wholly incapacitated, the guardian will take over things such as decisions regarding medical, mental and personal care. The guardian will need to present a detailed care plan to the court annually.

If you have a loved one that you believe is incapable of making responsible decisions and think you may be a candidate as his or her guardian, a Florida estate administration attorney may be able to prepare you for the guardianship and see the process through so that you may protect their best interests. It may feel like a thankless role at times, and it may be difficult to approach, but once you can offer the support and guidance, you could greatly benefit your loved and even provide unparalleled relief.

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