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Providing a positive environment for a child or someone who cannot provide for themselves is extremely important in not only the long term outlook of the individual but society as a whole. Guardianship is not something to be taken lightly considering it is the legal equivalent of being a parent.

With such an important issue, it is imperative that you make sure everything is taken care of the first time so as to keep from dealing with unnecessary and cumbersome problems. Taking the time to find a capable guardianship attorney will make the process much easier for all parties involved.

DeFuniak Springs Guardianship Lawyer

Ensuring your guardianship is correctly implemented will keep legal issues from arising and will allow you to focus on providing the care that your dependent needs. A qualified guardianship attorney will be able to take you step by step through the process so that everything is accounted for.

Call Adkinson Law Firm, LLC at for a free consultation about your guardianship if you reside in or around the Florida counties of Okaloosa, Walton, Washington, Santa Rosa, or Escambia. Adkinson Law Firm, LLC has the experience and legal understanding necessary to make sure this complicated process in taken care of in an efficient and effective manner.


Definition of Guardianship in Florida

According to Fla. Stat. §744.102, a guardian is a person who has been appointed by the court to act on behalf of a ward’s (individual under guardianship) person, property or both.

In other words, the guardian is a surrogate decision-maker appointed by the court to make personal and financial decisions for a minor or for an adult with mental or physical disabilities.  

Florida law provides for the appointment of a guardian for a minor in certain circumstances. This may include situations where the child's parents pass away or are unable to care for a child. It may also include a situation in which a child receives an inheritance, proceeds of a lawsuit or an insurance policy payout exceeding the amount parents are allowed by statute to receive on behalf of their child.  

Adult guardianship is the process by which the court finds an individual’s ability to make decisions is impaired; therefore the court gives the right to make decisions to another person or entity. Guardianship is only warranted when no less restrictive alternatives, such as a durable power of attorney, a trust, a health care surrogate or proxy, or another form of pre-need directive, are found by the court to be appropriate and available. Legislative intent establishes that the least restrictive form of guardianship is desirable if it is in the best interest of the ward.


The Purpose of a Guardianship Lawyer

Guardianship is an ethical as well as legal relationship with many court-mandated duties and responsibilities involving the very basic rights of another human being. It is in your best interests that an attorney be consulted to represent and advise the guardian in all appropriate, technical procedural and fiduciary matters relating to the court.
This includes matters such as:

  • Hearings to determine competence;
  • Setting up trusts for an adult family member with special needs;
  • Arranging trusts or guardianship for a minor who is the beneficiary of a settlement;
  • Annual reporting (expenses);
  • Annual accounting (inventory of trust or guardianship assets); and
  • Discharge of the guardian at the end of the case (death, age of maturity, or transfer of guardianship).

Adkinson Law Firm, LLC | DeFuniak Springs Guardianship Lawyer

If you are in the beginning of, or currently in, the process of establishing guardianship in Florida, make sure the process is completed smoothly and efficiently by retaining a qualified DeFuniak Springs family law attorney from Adkinson Law Firm, LLC. With over 30 years of combined experience dealing in family law cases, our guardianship lawyers will provide knowledgeable legal representation, allowing you to focus on the future of your loved one.

Call or submit an online form to schedule a free consultation to discuss your situation in detail. Adkinson Law Firm, LLC has proudly represented individuals dealing with guardianship cases throughout the Florida Panhandle, which includes the cities of Crestview, Fort Walton Beach, Shalimar, Laurel Hill, Chipley, Vernon, Wausau, Ebro, Caryville, DeFuniak Springs, Freeport, Paxton, Bonifay, Esto, Jay, Pensacola, Century and nearby areas.