Orlando Guardianship Attorney

Caring for or Planning for The Future With a Loved One and Looking for an Orange County Guardianship Lawyer Who Will Assist You With Considering All of Your Options to Protect You, or Your Loved Ones, As Easily As Possible?

Watching a loved one struggle can be emotionally draining. Filing for guardianship or appointing a guardian can help alleviate the burden. We can help ease your mind and ensure that your application for guardianship or petition to appoint a guardian goes smoothly.

Why Choose Family First Firm?

  • Confidential Case Assessment – During your confidential assessment, we will listen to you and help you determine your next steps.
  • Highly Reviewed & Rated – Superb 10.0 rating on respected legal site AVVO, 5-star rating, with over 200 reviews on Google. See some of our reviews below.
  • Focused Legal Practice – Our firm focuses on Elder Law, wills, estate planning, elder law, asset protection, long-term care plans, and closely related areas.
  • No Hidden Fees – Know the costs before starting (in most situations).
  • Experienced – In our over 10 years in business, we’ve helped hundreds of families protect their legacy and plan for their future.
  • Custom Plans and Solutions – You and your family are unique. That’s why we don’t use fill-in-the-blank form documents. Your plan is YOUR Plan. Together we create plans that best fulfill your dreams and goals.
  • Highly Responsive – We strive for “freaky fast” returned client calls. No going dark or waiting days to hear back.
  • Proactive Approach – We help clients to prevent legal problems and mistakes before they happen.
  • Client Education Focused – You’ll get a clear & concise understanding of each step in the process.
  • We’re Here For You Afterwards – After creating your plan, we periodically check in with you and keep you informed and can meet to review changes in your assets, situation, or wishes.

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Types of Guardianship for Adults

The court strives to allow people to maintain as much independence as possible while getting the help they need. Thus, judges can issue three types of guardianships, depending on the degree of incapacitation. The options are:

  • Guardianship of the person
  • Guardianship of the property
  • Guardianship of the person and property
  • Special limited guardian

Additionally, the judge can appoint an attorney to represent your loved one. The guardian will ensure that the individual’s legal rights are represented during court proceedings.

Adult guardianship is only warranted when no less restrictive alternative is viable. Less restrictive alternatives can include a durable power of attorney, trust, health care surrogate or proxy, or another form of a pre-need directive. You must prove that the aforementioned documents will not serve the adult in question well.

Florida law allows both voluntary and involuntary guardianships. A voluntary guardianship may be established for an adult who, though mentally competent, is incapable of managing his or her own estate and voluntarily petitions for the appointment.

Client Reviews – Family First Firm

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Actual Words Clients Have Used to Describe Us & Their Experience:

“I will recommend this firm to all my friends and clients,” “Family First Firm is top notch!,” “every single staff member is brilliant, kind, and caring,” “Geoff Hoatson is the real deal and treats his clients and colleagues with professionalism and compassion,” “The firm fosters a culture of respect and diligence combined with a fun and pleasant environment,” “extremely helpful and made a number of highly useful suggestions,” “I would absolutely refer my friends to this firm in the future,” “Family First has been my go to for any matters outside my scope of practice specifically elder law affairs,” “I’ve heard nothing but positive feedback from their experience with their services,” “Family First is dependable, responsive, professional and always willing to help even with the most complex cases,” “Family First is an Elder Law Firm we without any hesitation can certainly trust and refer our residents and family members,” “They, at all times, provide everlasting support to our Nursing Home Residents in an always understanding and supportive charisma,” “This group has been such a blessing to our family,” “very professional, knowledgeable, honest and above all caring throughout our journey,” “If you need assistance with Medicaid, call immediately,” “Family First Firm is THE BEST at Medicaid qualification, guardianship and all estate or financial planning for seniors!,” “I cannot praise them enough for what they do,” “professional, passionate, compassionate and knowledgeable,” “a great team of folks that really go above and beyond for their clients,” “Family First Firm and everyone who works there are totally outstanding,”

If these things are what you are looking for in a Law Firm, then contact us to see if we are right for your situation and how we can help you and your family.

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Serving as a Guardian

Before you can act as a guardian, you’ll need to testify about certain background information and complete a training program. Additionally, the judge might require that you purchase a bond to protect the incapacitated person. This bond will act as an insurance policy in case you mismanage the funds.

Then you will provide services based on the type of guardianship ordered by the court. For instance, if the court ordered you to serve as the guardian of the person, you’ll make decisions based on the individual’s welfare and health. On the other hand, if you’re a guardian of the property, you’ll handle financial management tasks and file annual reports. However, if you’re both the guardian of the person and the property, you’ll need to do both. Your attorney can go over your duties with you to ensure that you follow the letter of the law.

Our Location

We help families locally within or near the Orange County Area.

Locally we serve Orlando, Winter Park, Altamonte Springs, Maitland, Longwood, Apopka, Lake Mary, Clermont, Deland, Kissimmee, Windermere, Oviedo, Winter Springs, Groveland, Casselberry, Celebration, Lake Nona and many other locations.

What To Do Now:

We welcome your questions and want to understand your situation to help you move forward and achieve the peace of mind that comes with having everything done properly and efficiently. Since time is often critical to ensure the best result, contact us now by calling us for one-on-one assistance at (407) 574-8125 with your questions, a description of your situation, or to schedule a consultation. You may also simply fill out the form above on this page. Your form will be directly emailed to our office. You can expect a reply within one business day and often within hours the same day. All information is confidential.

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