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Considering guardianship over a parent

Having concerns over the well-being of a parent is difficult. For some, it could be hard to see their parents in a position of needing someone to take care of them. Still, it is important that someone in a vulnerable state has the proper care and protection, which, in some instances, could mean that a guardianship is necessary.

If Florida residents have concerns for their parents, they may be contemplating the idea of whether seeking guardianship could suit their particular circumstances. It may be important to know that more than one type of guardianship exists. For instance, guardianship of the person is when another individual is put in charge of making decisions about care or livelihood for a person who can no longer do so for him or herself. Guardianship of the property means that the person can no longer make sound decisions regarding money and that another individual has been put in charge of making those decisions.

In order to become a guardian, one must be appointed by the court. Additionally, the court may not grant a person full control over another's affairs. The guardian may only have the ability to make certain decisions or to make decisions under certain circumstances. There must also be evidence that the person considered in need of care has a disability that warrants guardianship.

Taking on guardianship of a parent or another adult is a major step and one that should not be taken lightly. If Florida residents have concerns about their parents' or other loved ones' well-being, they may want to gain more information about the legal process involved with stepping into this role. Discussing the process, evidence needed and authority given to guardians with elder law attorneys may be wise.

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