Professional Guardianship Services

What is a Guardian?

 

A Knowledgeable Person…

 

Just as you select with care the person who is your legal adviser, so should you select with care the person who will be appointed by the courts to serve as a Guardian for you or your loved one should the need arise.

 

An excellent place to begin your search for a Guardian is with the Florida State Guardianship Association (FSGA) which may be able to locate a group of Professional Guardians in your area. Guardian Care Management & Benefits Services, Inc. is a long standing member of FSGA.

 

A Coordinator of Services…

 

A Guardian arranges for everything from bill paying, to yard work, to health care, to social visits, or for any other services necessary for the client’s comfort, safety, and overall well being. Everything is coordinated by a Guardian for the benefit of an incapacitated person.

 

A Financial Manager…

 

The Guardian is responsible for the marshaling and protection of assets and income of the client, along with selecting the best methods of investment for those assets in order to preserve the value and deliver the necessary income in order to provide the client an optimum level of care and comfort. For each person whom a Guardian serves, an Annual Accounting of those assets is presented and approved by the courts.

 

An Advocate…

 

A Guardian actively advocates for protection of the client. This advocacy covers all aspects of the client’s life and well being, from coordination of pet services to assuring that advanced directives are honored by medical providers.

 

 

Types of Guardianship

Guardian of the Person

When the court appoints a Guardian of the Person, the Guardian has the following responsibilites:

  • Determine place of residence
  • Consent to and monitor health treatment
  • Coordinate social services such as education, outings, and community integration
  • Coordinate end-of-life decisions
  • Act as payee for private and government benefits
  • Report to the court about Guardianship status at least annually

 

Guardian of the Property (or Estate)

When the court appoints a Guardian of the Property, the Guardian has the following responsibilities:

  • Gather and protect property and assets from loss
  • Obtain appraisals of property
  • Receive income for the Estate
  • Pay bills and expenses and required
  • Obtain court approval prior to selling assets
  • Report to the courts on the Estate / Guardianship of the Property at least annually