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How To Avoid Shady Guardians: Choose Someone You Trust

By Gierach and Gierach, P.A. |

The idea of giving up control of your financial decisions because you are too ill to make these decisions on your own is scary, but no estate plan is complete until you have chosen someone that you wish the court to appoint as your legal guardian if you ever need one.  If, while you… Read More »

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Guardianships Can Protect Your Elderly Family Members From Financial Abuse

By Gierach and Gierach, P.A. |

Forming friendships late in life can be a beautiful thing.  Perhaps you saw your own grandmother become more social after your grandfather died, attending church choir practice several times per week and meeting her friends at restaurants for lunch, having more fun than she had had since the days when your grandfather was still… Read More »

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Family Members Feud Over Cosmetology Tycoon’s Guardianship Fees

By Gierach and Gierach, P.A. |

No matter how much money you save and invest during your working years, no matter how modestly you live after retirement, and no matter how big an estate you leave when you die, it can all go to waste if your family members spend it all on legal battles against each other during probate. … Read More »

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Florida Hospitals Found Applying for Massive Numbers of Guardianships for Their Patients, seeking to Strip Away Their Rights

By Gierach and Gierach, P.A. |

On October 21, ABC Action News broke news on an undercover investigation here in Florida involving a number of hospitals in Florida—including Miami, Naples, Orlando, West Palm Beach, and other cities—paying private attorneys to file hundreds of court petitions to place a number of their patients into guardianships. Specifically, the investigation found that hospitals… Read More »

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Investigation Finds That Florida’s Court-Appointed Guardianship System Is Corrupt

By Gierach and Gierach, P.A. |

According to a new investigation released by ABC Action News, court-appointed guardians are very rarely held accountable by the state agency in charge—the Office of Public and Professional Guardians (“the Office”)—when they commit serious violations. Since it was established, the Office has reportedly handed out less than 20 warning letters related to actions such… Read More »

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