By Jason Palmisano
Florida will have a new Guardianship Law effective July 1, 2015. A copy of the new law can be found here. A couple of the more interesting portions include:
- If a person initiates a judicial proceeding to determine an individual’s incapacity the Power of Attorney for the alleged incapacitated person is suspended unless the agent named in the power of attorney is a family member. A family member who is an agent is not suspended unless an additional petition is filed to suspend the family member as an agent.
- The new law creates a new class of guardians: For-Profit Corporate Guardians.
- A new section was added to address abuse, neglect, or exploitation by a guardian against the ward.