Hearings are attended by the judge, mental health clerk, public defender, attending physician, and any other care providers for the respondent.
Annual Accounting Fees: Guardianship for Fees and Services Charges.
Guardianships can be established for adults of all ages as well as minors in specific scenarios.
Once the Judge makes a decision regarding the treatment of the respondent, an appropriate order is entered.
Ex Parte procedures for Substance Abuse cases consist of a layperson, such as a family member or at least three (3) nonrelatives, filing a petition with the court.
The Clerk’s office may not give legal advice or guidance in completing the various guardianship forms and reports that are required.
If you are qualified to serve as guardian, you may petition to be appointed guardian, through an attorney.
Any resident of this state who is not under any legal disability or the power of another and is 18 years of age or older is qualified to act as guardian of a ward.
Further qualifications can be found in Section 744.309 of the Florida Statutes.
A function of the Guardianship division of the Clerk’s Office is to audit and monitor the guardianship files active in Clay County.
Certain guardianships require the filing of a Verified Inventory of Guardian of the Property or an Annual Accounting of the Guardian of the Property.
For example, if a minor has received a settlement greater than ,000, a guardian ad litem of his or her property must be appointed.