For parents, grandparents, and caregivers of Hillsborough County teens with disabilities and/or special needs
Learn how to complete paperwork needed to stay in control of your child’s personal, legal, and financial affairs when he or she turns 18. If your child is turning (or has turned) 18, and has been diagnosed with a developmental disability which is defined by Florida law as an intellectual disability (IQ below 69), cerebral palsy, autism, spina bifida, Down syndrome, Phelan-McDermid syndrome, or Prader-Willi syndrome, and continues to need your help to make financial, educational, and health care decisions, you will likely need to petition the court to become a Guardian Advocate over your child.
While we don’t have seminars scheduled at the moment, please feel free to watch the pre-recorded seminars below.
In Hillsborough County (13th Judicial Circuit):
In Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Gilchrist, Levy and Union counties (8th Judicial Circuit):
In Lake County (5th Judicial Circuit):
In Lee County (20th Judicial Circuit):
In Seminole County (18th Judicial Circuit):
Orange County (9th Judicial Circuit):
Osceola County (9th Judicial Circuit):
In Bay, Calhoun, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson and Washington counties (14th Judicial Circuit):
In Brevard County (18th Judicial Circuit):
If you are interested in downloading instructions for how to complete the documents yourself, please fill out the form below and we’ll email you a detailed guide.
WARNING! YOU WILL LOSE LEGAL RIGHTS WHEN YOUR CHILD TURNS 18!
When your child turns 18, he or she will be considered a legal adult in the eyes of the law—despite his or her disabilities. Parents and caregivers may be prevented from making medical decisions, speaking to financial institutions, or even managing their child’s benefits. That is why filing for Guardianship is so critically important. Only the courts in Florida will be able to give you continuing legal authority to oversee your child’s personal, financial and medical affairs as he or she transitions into adulthood.
THIS WORKSHOP WILL TEACH YOU HOW TO COMPLETE THE GUARDIANSHIP PROCESS FOR YOUR SOON-TO-BE-ADULT
Unfortunately, Guardianship can be a costly and time consuming legal process…and the court administrators are not able to answer your questions or help you file because they can not give legal advice. So, before you walk down this complicated road, we invite you to attend a FREE Guardianship workshop with attorneys Laurie Ohall and Dana Kemper where you will learn:
- How to file for Guardianship on your own, without an attorney in Florida if you can’t afford one;
- How to avoid paying many of the court fees associated with filing for Guardianship if you are filing on your own;
- Exactly how to fill out the paperwork required by the courts. We’ll go step-by-step on each required document to ensure you have the correct information listed to avoid delays and denials;
- Additional legal planning strategies that you can utilize to ensure your child has a smooth and protected transition into adulthood.
Guardianship is a legal tool that you need as a parent or caregiver to protect your child’s future well-being and stay in complete control. RSVP for this workshop for the peace of mind knowing that you are handling this process correctly, cost-effectively, and in a timely fashion with the local courts.