More and more these days, Jacksonville family members must step in and take the reins needed to guide a loved one who is unable to take care of themselves. Whether it is a mental health condition or substance abuse issue, sometimes an individual needs help. To be able to assist your family member in choosing the right treatment and rehabilitative facility, to ensure that the person is being compliant with his/her medications, you must become the legal guardian over the person in need.
There are different types of Florida legal guardianship and the type of guardian you should become is dependent upon the specific problems and needs of the person you are about to help. An experienced Florida Guardianship Attorney can assist you in determining your best option.
A guardian is a person appointed by the court to act on behalf of a ward's person or property or both. A guardian may have limited authority or plenary (complete) authority.
A Florida guardian advocate under the Florida Mental Health Statute allows for a person to be appointed as guardian advocate when a psychiatrist determines that a patient is incompetent to consent to medical and psychiatric treatment.