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A guardianship may be appropriate for an adult who is not capable of taking care of his or her financial affairs and/or personal well-being. A person may select a guardian prior to having a need for one by completing a Declaration of Pre-Need Guardian. An attorney normally assists in preparing this form. Guardianship cases are generally established when:

  • Someone is declared incompetent or incapacitated.
  • A guardianship may be required for a minor who is the recipient of a court settlement over $15,000, and is required for a settlement in excess of $50,000.
  • A minor has inherited money or real property.
  • There is a need by a parent to have a guardian appointed because the parent is not going to be available for a period of time, such as a mother going into the military.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is a guardianship?
  • Are guardianship established for the elderly only?
  • What steps can I take if I know an individual who cannot care for him or herself and needs a guardian?
  • What are the qualifications to serve as a guardian?
  • Who monitors the guardian to ensure that he or she does not take advantage of the ward?
  • What are the responsibilities of a guardian?
Guardianship Resources
Guardianship Office Location
Lake County Courthouse (CH)
550 W. Main St., 2nd Floor
Tavares, FL 32778
Phone: (352) 742-4122
Fax: (352) 253-1635