Florida guardianship laws weakened by elder law attorneys’ lobbying. For some, exceptions have become the rule

September 5, 2019

Orlando Sentinel (September 5)

Florida guardianship laws weakened by elder law attorneys’ lobbying. For some, exceptions have become the rule

That’s the practice in which a professional guardian identifies a vulnerable elderly person by visiting a nursing home, sponsoring an “informational” breakfast or getting a call from a hospital. Then the guardian, or their attorney, gets a court to appoint them that person’s guardian, by talking the elderly person into asking for it themselves or persuading a judge to intervene. Five years ago, when Florida lawmakers set out to reform the state’s guardianship laws, they were so concerned about trolling scams that they proposed two major restrictions meant to put a stop to them.


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