Estate planning is an area of the law that surprises many because of its various components. One of the components of estate planning that many forget is guardianship. Even though often forgotten, guardianships regularly prove among the most useful estate planning tools.
Most people think of guardianship as something associated with minors. While this is one use for guardianship, another use exists that is just as common. This use is guardianship for an adult.
Guardians can be appointed for adults who are mentally or physically unable to make decisions for themselves. However, this is not the only way guardianships can take effect. Adults can also decide that they are incapable of making their own decisions without the court's involvement by establishing voluntary guardianships.
A Florida court prefers guardianships that allow the ward the most freedom as possible to make decisions. Due to this preference, limited guardianships are popular with adults. As such, plenary guardianships, which mean the wards have no decision-making abilities, are not as common.
Whether you feel that you need help making important decisions or you have a loved one who can no longer care for him or herself, an estate planning attorney can help you find a solution that fits your needs. In Florida, establishing a guardianship is a legal action that could be considered complex. Therefore, in addition to helping you find a solution, your attorney can also help simplify the legal side of guardianship, giving you peace of mind from knowing you or your loved one will receive necessary assistance.