Guardianship can be both big business and big trouble in Florida, and a new bill heading to the governor's desk aims to help some of the state's most vulnerable residents. However, the issues at hand are far from simple, and the bill has both supporters and detractors. Critics of the bill worry that the new bill may allow vulnerable wards to suffer if the individuals given responsibility to care for them are given less oversight, while it's supporters say that the new changes keep the incapacitated person from footing the bill for unnecessary legal costs.
Under the current system, guardianship entails a board of three members who must investigate the state of the ward and issue a determination as to whether the individual requires guardianship. Now, a recent case established that reports that are not personally delivered to the court by all three board members may be considered hearsay.