Experienced Guardianship Attorney
Representation in Legal Guardianship Proceedings
When a person suffers from a legal disability, such as minority or mental incapacity, a guardian can be appointed by the court to manage the property of the incapacitated person. Click here to learn more about legal guardianship.
We represent persons seeking to be appointed legal guardian of the property of a incapacitated person. This could be a minor (a child under the age of 18) who has inherited property or an adult who has become incapacitated due to age or illness. If you have need for a legal guardianship or want to discuss whether guardianship is needed, please contact the Winter Garden, Florida Law Office of Claire J. Hilliard, P.A.
The Law Office of Claire J. Hilliard, P.A. provides Central Florida residents with legal representation in legal guardianship matters. We provide representation to persons seeking to establish a guardianship of the benefit of an incapacitated person, as well as the administration of the guardianship after it has been established.
Guardianship Administration: A Guardian’s Responsibilities
The Court assigns guardians of the property of an individual various responsibilities, including but not limited to:
Collecting and managing property
Investment of assets
Payment of bills, expenses, and taxes
Filing accountings and reports with the Court
Under guardianship administration, a guardian is not permitted to transfer property or spend money without prior Court approval. The guardian of the property is required to place the incapacitated person’s financial assets in a restricted (locked) account at a bank or to be bonded. These safeguards are necessary to protect the interests and property of the incapacitated person.
Often, probate or trust administration will follow guardianship administration upon death of the incapacitated person. We are experienced in all of these procedures and can provide the guidance you need.
Legal Guardianship of a Child’s Property
Florida law requires that when a minor inherits real estate or financial assets worth more than $15,000, a legal guardian must be appointed by the Court to manage the property of the minor until the child is of legal age. Also, if a minor receives a settlement of a personal injury claim, court approval of the settlement and the appointment of a legal guardian for the minor’s money, is necessary. The parent or parents of the child are usually appointed the guardian for the minor. Our office can help you with all matters related to a legal guardianship for the property of a minor.
With more than 35 years of experience handling guardianship matters in Central Florida, Attorney Eric S. Mashburn can provide you knowledgeable counsel and representation in the area of guardianship and incapacity planning. Contact us for a no cost phone consultation to discuss your situation and how we may help you.