As the population of the United States continues to age, many seniors may need special assistance for their everyday needs. When their families cannot provide that assistance, courts may step in and assign a professional guardian to care for the senior. Though this arrangement often works well for many people here in Florida, there are times when guardians do not fulfill their duties and sometimes even cause harm to their clients. This is what one out-of-state woman and her family allege happened to her parents.
The woman says that she attempted to become the legal guardian of her parents, but that a court decided to appoint a professional. She says that the guardianship company would not allow her to see her parents and that she wasn’t even allowed on her parents’ property. Local media alleges that the woman who owned the guardianship company financially took advantage of the couple. Legal representatives for the company claim that the daughter and her family were not taking care of the couple and that this is why it was appointed.
The court ended up granting guardianship back to the couple’s daughter, who believes the company was over-medicating both of her parents. Sadly, both the husband and wife passed away earlier this year. The daughter hopes that the judicial system will continue to pursue the case to determine exactly what happened and to prevent this kind of tragedy for others.
This particular situation shows just how important it is that families have a guardian they can trust to care for their loved ones, whether that is another family member or a professional. A plan for guardianship deserves careful consideration that addresses the needs of the person being cared for and the concerns of that person’s family. Those here in Florida who are unsure of whether they should use a guardian may want to consult an attorney with extensive experience in both estate law and elder law.