Guardians At The Gate

The final gatekeeper in the Guardianship system is the judge. However, court-appointed guardians are given great power. Professional guardianship has been called a "growth business" in Florida, with the number increasing from 12 registered professional guardians in 2003 to 456 in 2015, according to the state's Department of Elder Affairs. The Florida State Guardianship Association describes guardianship as "a process designed to protect and exercise the legal rights of individuals whose func...
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