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Florida Guardian Watchdog Under Fire

A Florida government agency meant to oversee various guardian programs hasn’t proved to have much teeth in first three years on the job, according to a recent report. The Florida legislature created the Office of Public and Professional Guardians in 2016 to police guardianship programs. The office has opened 132 investigations sent out 19 warning letters to program operators since that time, according to an ABC Action News investigation. But it hasn’t moved to ban or suspend any guardians, despite some troubling findings. A guardian is a person appointed to serve as representative of another person (often called a “ward”) […]

Using Advanced Directives to Plan for Incapacity

Death and incapacity are among many people’s least favorite topics of discussion. Still, it’s important to think about the inevitable end of your life and the possibility that you may at some point become incapacitated. Incapacity can happen in many different ways. Mental impairments and diseases like Alzheimer’s and dementia often eventually erode a person’s ability to care for themselves. In other cases, physical injuries from accidents and other causes may leave a person legally incapacitated. The good news is that there are a number of legal tools available to help you make decisions now  about what will happen in […]

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