Florida is taking greater steps to protect its seniors.
As you age, do you fear losing your independence?
Are you concerned your rights to make your own decisions will be stripped without cause?
Florida is taking action to keep this fear from becoming a reality.
According to an article in The Palm Beach Post titled “Supreme Court chief justice tackles senior guardianship as complaints mount,” Florida Chief Justice Labarga revealed a new task force to focus specifically on guardianship issue.
Guardianship is a serious issue.
Those deemed to require a guardian will have their rights to make independent medical, financial and personal decisions removed.
To make matters worse, recent reports show the Florida court system and several professional guardians abuse their powers, acting selfishly rather than for the well-being of the ward.
For these reasons, Florida is passing legislation for better oversight and regulation of guardians.
In addition to new laws, the new task force will facilitate protection of seniors by addressing professional fees and the restoration of the rights of seniors who have been named as wards.
When should you expect these reports?
The first deadline for the task force is October of next year while the final account is required by September of 2018.
Despite this task force, the most effective way to protect yourself is to create and an estate plan with an experienced estate planning attorney.
Remember: “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” When making your financial, tax and estate plans, do not go it alone. Be sure to engage competent professional counsel.
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Reference: Palm Beach Post (October 24, 2016) “Supreme Court chief justice tackles senior guardianship as complaints mount”