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5507 Guardianship & Less Restrictive Alternatives

Saturday, July 9, 2011: 1:30 PM-2:45 PM
Captiva 1&2 (Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center)
The purpose of the program is to educate families and caretakers of the options available when a disabled child reaches adulthood. Topics to be discussed are the less restrictive alternatives to guardianship, the different types of guardianship and how to determine which one is appropriate for your loved one, the process of becoming a guardian and the ongoing responsibilities required by the court. What is Guardianship and why is it important for autistic families?

Less restrictive alternatives to Guardianship:

  • Banking
  • Representative Payees
  • Advance Directives
  • Medical Proxy
  • Trust

Different types of Guardianship in Florida and how to decide which one is best for your family:

  • Guardian Advocate; Chapter 393
  • Limited Guardianship; Chapter 744
  • Plenary Guardianship; Chapter 744

The process of becoming a guardian and ongoing requirements imposed by the court

  • Application, Fingerprints, background check
  • Petitions
  • Appointment of court attorney and examining committee
  • Examinations, if applicable
  • Hearing
  • Order & Letters
  • Education requirement
  • Annual Plan and Accounting

Learning Objectives:

  • Less restrictive alternatives to Guardianship
  • Different types of Guardianship
  • The process of becoming a Guardian and ongoing responsibilities

Content Area: Long-term Services and Support


Minerva Vazquez Bailey
Law Offices of Minerva Vazquez Bailey

Minerva Vazquez Bailey is a passionate special-needs mom and attorney. After her children were diagnosed with disabilities, she continued to assist non-disabled families with their estate planning and probate needs; however, she expanded her practice to include special-needs planning, guardianship, preservation of government benefits, and advocating for disabled persons.