Florida Elder Law & Estate Planning Blog

With No Health Agent Backup, Guardianship Looms For Beach Boys Creative Genius
March 21, 2024

Brian Wilson was the driving force behind the Beach Boys, the band that popularized surf music in the 1960s. The band created some of our most iconic pop songs: Little Surfer Girl, Surfin’ USA, California Girls, Good Vibrations, I Get…

10 Misconceptions About The Florida Durable Power of Attorney
March 21, 2023

The Florida Durable Property Power of Attorney (also known as the Durable Financial Power of Attorney) is a critically important document that belongs in your life planning toolbox.  The DPOA allows you (the “principal”) to give another person (your “agent”)…

Who Will Inherit Aaron Carter’s Estate?
December 6, 2022

The list of celebrities who have died without an estate plan grew by one more this November, providing yet another example of the chaos that can follow lack of planning, for celebrities and non-celebrities alike. Rapper/songwriter Aaron Carter was found…

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…