Florida Elder Law & Estate Planning Blog

Florida Court-Appointed Guardian Faces Abuse Accusations
June 9, 2022

Recently we told you about recommendations issued in 2021 by the Florida Guardianship Improvement Task Force. Most court-appointed guardians are sincere and well-meaning and do good work – but the system itself is not as good as it should be….

Florida Wants To Curb Predatory Guardianships
April 12, 2022

If the court decides you can’t make your own decisions due to incapacity, it will appoint a guardian for you. You then lose the right to make your own decisions.  Your guardian gets extensive authority over your life, from deciding…

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TV Talk Show Host Wendy Williams In Guardianship Battle With Wells Fargo
March 20, 2022

Being placed under court-ordered guardianship means that the court has found you incapable of managing your own affairs, and has appointed a guardian to make decisions for you.  The guardian may be someone who does not know you and who…

Peter Max, Counterculture Artist, Victim of A Predatory Guardianship?
October 3, 2021

The art of Peter Max is instantly recognizable. His colorful, psychedelic paintings became wildly popular during the counter-culture era of the 1960s. Max’s art graced the flyer for the 1967 massive “Be-In” in Central Park; appeared on a postage stamp;…

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Star Trek Actress The Subject Of Guardianship Battle
September 15, 2021

Britney Spears’ guardianship has drawn most of the media attention lately. But there is another, not quite-so-high-profile celebrity currently embroiled in a guardianship drama. Both stories underscore how essential it is to make legal plans for the possibility that you…

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How To Protect Yourself From Court-Ordered Guardianship, And How One Ward Fought Back
September 10, 2020

Our Florida elder law attorneys help people make plans not just for death, but for life. Among those important life plans is avoiding court-ordered guardianship. Nearly 1.5 million Americans are currently under guardianship, most over the age of 65. There…

New Florida law better protects the elderly from bad guardians
June 27, 2020

Most court-appointed guardians do their best to compassionately serve their elderly wards. But there’s no doubt about it: There have been bad apples in Florida’s public guardianship system. Over the years the state has introduced several measures aimed at better…

Guardianship In Florida: A Bad Apple
February 13, 2020

On February 11, Rebecca Fierle was arrested in Marion County, Florida on felony charges of aggravated abuse of an elderly person. As disturbing as elder abuse is, this case is particularly horrifying because Fierle was a professional guardian, entrusted with…

Tranquility Base Landing For The Aldrin Family
Tranquility Base Landing For The Aldrin Family
April 2, 2019

Buzz Aldrin became the second man to walk on the moon when the Apollo 11 lunar module landed gracefully in the Sea of Tranquility. But in recent years, Aldrin’s relationship with his children has been anything but tranquil. As noted…

Sumner Redstone Estate Battle- The Wheel Has Come Full Circle
Sumner Redstone Estate Battle: The Wheel Has Come Full Circle
January 9, 2019

It’s been as much a Shakespearean tragedy as a legal battle over an elderly billionaire’s assets. The story features power grabs, on-again, off-again lovers, betrayal, and money… lots and lots of money. In my post of 2016 I described the…