Who may be appointed as guardian? Florida statutes state that any resident of the state who is sui juris (legally competent) and 18 years of age or older may act as a guardian of the ward. Non-residents may also serve as guardian as long as they are related by blood, legally adoptive children or parents, or the spouse, sibling, aunt, uncle, niece or nephew of someone related to the ward by blood. The courts will also look to the proposed guardian’s criminal record (they should not have one) and can also look at the proposed guardian’s credit history and/or credit score in deciding whether to appoint the proposed guardian.
Attorney, Laurie Ohall, works with potential guardians to set up Florida guardianships whether it be for a minor child, an incapacitated adult, or a disabled adult child. Contact our Tampa guardianship law office for a free phone consultation today.