Guardianship Law in West Palm Beach, Florida

Guardianship Law Attorneys In West Palm Beach, Florida

A “Guardian” is a person who has the legal right or responsibility to make decisions on behalf of a person who is unable to do so for themselves (ward). The “Ward” can be a minor or child of fewer than 18 years of age or an adult who has become incapacitated due to age or some form of disability. Usually, the guardian is appointed by law or as per the wishes of the immediate family.

Family Law Attorney

The law firm of Doane & Doane, P.A., hosts an experienced team of attorneys and paralegals who will be able to assist you in every aspect of guardianship matters. A guardianship is a legal relationship between a person named in a Will and Trust, or petition with the court to care for either minor children or adults who have been deemed incompetent to care for themselves. When the court system is involved with a guardianship, the journey from start to finish can be long and confusing to the lay person. Let the attorneys at Doane & Doane, P.A. help in these matters – they are experienced with this type of law. They are ready, willing and able to assist the guardianship client through the labyrinth of proceedings which will result in a successful relationship for all concerned.

Depending on whether the guardianship relates to a minor child or an incapacitated adult, the laws and paperwork for each area are specific and detail-oriented regarding duties, responsibilities, and powers of the guardian. The court is quite often the “supervisor” of the guardianship and the particulars are expected to be followed verbatim. The assistance of the legal team at Doane & Doane, P.A. can make the navigation of those procedures easy to facilitate.

West Palm Beach Family Law Attorney

Guardianship Lawyers West Palm Beach, Florida

Without proper assistance, guardianships can become frustrating for both the guardian and the “ward.” We, at Doane & Doane, P.A., are ready to assist in every facet of a guardianship. We know the laws of the State of Florida as they pertain to such situations and we are prepared to assist along the way so that the guardianship of a loved one becomes the answer to a prayer rather than the reason for a prayer.

Child Guardianship Attorney West Palm Beach

When it comes to Guardianship of a child, the guardian has the same legal rights and responsibilities to the minor as the biological or adoptive parents. The guardian will have to make decisions on behalf of the child regarding –

  • Health
  • Safety
  • Medical Care
  • Education
  • Discipline
  • Extra-Curricular Activities
  • Travel
  • Finances

What makes a child guardianship more critical is the fact that the guardian is legally and financially responsible for the willful or intentional acts of the child.

Estate Guardianship

To manage the property and assets of a minor or a child, a guardian is appointed. In legal terms, it is often referred to as the “Guardianship Of The Estate”. The property and assets can consist of  –

  • Real and Personal Property   
  • Inheritances
  • Securities
  • Bank Accounts
  • Valuable Heirlooms

The duties of the guardian of the estate are the same as that of a trustee. This means that the guardian is in charge of managing the child’s estate effectively, with due care & diligence, and proper fiduciary responsibilities.

How We Can Assist

The Family Law Attorneys and Child Guardianship Lawyers at Doane & Doane can help you –

  • Prepare petitions to determine incapacity.
  • Appoint one or more guardians.
  • Transfer guardianship to another state.
  • Attend hearings with the most likely guardian.
  • Assist the guardian in filing an asset inventory on behalf of the ward.
  • Charting out a plan to take good care of the ward.
  • Help the family of the disabled beneficiary to set up a special needs trust.
  • Institute a guardianship on the property for a minor who is the beneficiary of a settlement. 
  • Discharge the guardian when the case ends due to death, reaching the age of maturity, restoration of capacity, etc.

Get Help From Guardianship Attorneys In West Palm Beach, Florida

If you are a resident of Palm Beach, Florida, you need not look any further than Doane & Doane for your guardianship issues. Our Guardianship Lawyers are the best in the business and eager to help you. Our Family Law Attorneys will assist you in each and every aspect of the guardianship.

Our Child Guardianship attorneys are both passionate and compassionate to handle even the most fragile and sensitive cases involving guardianship issues.

Types Of Guardianship Our Lawyers Can Assist You With

  • Guardianship of a minor.
  • Limited guardianship.
  • Plenary guardianship.
  • Standby guardian.
  • Guardian advocate.  
  • Pre-need guardian.

We Are Ready To Advise You On Guardianship Issues

When you give a call at the law offices of Doane & Doane, you will speak with a guardianship lawyer who is both qualified and an expert in the Florida Guardianship Law. To make the deal sweeter, you can talk freely with no commitment required until you are completely satisfied.

What Our Clients Have To Say About Us

Rebecca Doane has been an exceptional adviser and counselor to my family over the past ? years, (since she founded Doane and Doane, don’t remember the year) Her ability to listen closely and patiently and to articulate my options, has always allowed me to leave an appointment with a clear understanding of what will take place and how it will be executed.Her care and concern for her clients is exceptional and I know, if necessary, she will be a tough advocate on my behalf I recommend her unequivocally.
Rebecca Doane is “unique” – an Angel sent from heaven – and easy to do business with. My first meeting with you, you made me feel welcome, at ease, encouraged, trusting and hope for dreams come true. I keep on recommending you to everyone in need and hope for the best. I never had better services than yours, therefore I will continue to enjoy meeting with you.
Victoria E.
I have been fortunate in my later years to meet Rebecca Doane, a lawyer with all the requirements I need in this part of my life. She is a great estate lawyer, very up to date in all the estate procedures. I have a family of five children, eleven grandchildren. She takes care of all of them for me, and she is always nice to be around. The staff she has in her office is really super.
Edward S.
We needed to have our estate, durable power of attorney, healthcare surrogate, and living will documents recreated as we have moved to Florida from another state. We consulted with Rebecca at the recommendation of our financial consultant and then hired her firm to do the documents. All was handled very well by Rebecca and her staff who we believe have integrity and are actually kind people. We very much appreciate Rebecca’s provision of additional detail in our living wills to ensure that our wishes would be understood and followed.
Rebecca Doane has been my wills, estate trust attorney for 20 years. I have used her for work including out of state and international situations. I am grateful for her experience and proactive insight which have been critical in avoiding problems. The office is convenient and professional. Rebecca is an attorney who cares about her clients. She does an exceptional job of providing personalized legal representation.
Betsy S.
Rebecca Doane has been my wills, trust and estate attorney for 20 years. I have used her for work including out of state and international situations. I am grateful for her experience and proactive insight which have been critical to avoiding problems. The office is convenient and professional. Rebecca is an attorney who cares about her clients. She is easily accessible by phone and text and does an exceptional job of providing the best personalized legal representation.
Rebecca Doane has been our attorney for many years and she has been outstanding in helping us with our trust. Not only is she professional in her manner and recommendations she also has a warmth and understanding when assisting us that makes a difficult task not as difficult to complete. Rebecca gave us areas of thought to our estate planning that we would have never thought of on our own. She has become a dear friend and trusted associate. I would certainly recommend her to others and I have several times.
Judi R.
I highly recommend Doane and Doane to anyone needing tax or estate planning services. I have used them for everything from a simple Will to more complicated Trusts and they always provide remarkable guidance and advice. Randall and Rebecca have an in-depth knowledge of both accounting and tax laws and they took the time to make complicated estate planning understandable. Their caring staff made sure that every detail was handled thoroughly and completely and they are always there for me when I have questions or concerns. With more than 37 years in the business and the wealth of knowledge that comes with it, I trust them for all my family’s tax and estate planning needs. Doane and Doane is simply the best!
Kimberly F.
After procrastinating for many years about getting my estate plan in order, I finally decided to get down to business. I was referred to Randy Doane of Doane & Doane, PA by a friend. I was glad to note they possessed all my base-line requirements: Board Certified in Wills, Trust and Estates, taxation experience, excellent reputation, firmly planted in the area, boutique atmosphere, convenient location and initial consultations were complimentary. I arrived with the pre-conceived notion that my particular situation was somewhat convoluted. I was sure estate planning would pose a tremendous challenge. At my initial consultation, I had a chance to present my situation and verbalize my anxieties. Within that first meeting, Doane & Doane presented me with recommendations, options and fees. Because of their knowledge and expertise, my presumed difficulties were readily resolved. I was able to finalize my estate plan within a couple of weeks. It turned out to be a pleasant and informative experience. I have been back to Doane & Doane, PA a few times over the years to integrate into my plan some life changes that have occurred. Always .. . I am met with great care and concern for my overall situation and ultimate satisfaction. Always . . . I leave with the precious gift they promise at the first meeting: Peace of Mind! When I cross their threshold, I am often a glass-half-empty sort of fellow because that’s just who I am. When I leave the offices of Doane & Doane, PA, I am definitely transitioned into a glass-half-full sort of guy because I know the legacy I worked so hard to accumulate all my life will follow the path I desire. Thanks, Doane & Doane, PA. Peace of Mind is a beautiful thing!
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Still Not Convinced...Here’s What You Need To Know

Attorney and partner of this Firm, Rebecca Doane, was the founder of the Guardianship Education Committee of Palm Beach County in 1989. Until 2013, she served as chairperson and mentor in the development of a tutorial course for potential guardians. Her guardianship education course is now required by the court system of Palm Beach County for any potential guardian. It serves as the prototype for such courses in other counties in Florida. We are a primary resource for any guardianship being considered in Palm Beach County, surrounding counties, or the State of Florida.

Contact Our West Palm Beach Guardianship Attorney

We are here to help you and answer any questions you may have about the establishment and continuation of a guardianship.