Florida Standby Guardians – 3 Questions

Question 1: What does a standby guardian do? Answer: A guardian is someone who takes over your parental rights. Normally, when a court appoints a guardian it means the parent is either dead or is having their parental rights taken away from them. With the standby guardian, parents can name a person who will take over parenting if the parent is unable to care for the child. Standby guardianships do not remove the parent s rights, but merely allows someone else to take over in the event of an emergency situation. Question 2: Who can appoint a standby guardian? Answer: In Florida, a parent or current guardian can nominate someone to serve as a standby guardian, also known as a pre-need guardian. To do so, the parent must create a written form that declares to the standby guardian. The parent must also sign the document in the presence of two witnesses. Question 3: When does a pre-need guardianship take effect? Answer: The pre-need guardian can begin serving immediately upon either the pa


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