Get the answers to frequently asked questions about Florida guardianship by parents who have children with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
I recently had the privilege to do a presentation for 50 parents of children with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
We kept track of the most frequently asked questions about getting Florida Guardianship for a child with a developmental or intellectual disability, and put together a convenient FAQ.
In this FAQ, you will find the answers to the following questions:
- What is guardianship?
- How does getting guardianship protect my child’s health?
- Do you file for guardianship before or after your child turns 18?
- Should I hire an attorney to file for guardianship, or do it on my own?
- If I don’t get guardianship, can my child just “opt out” of medical care?
- Is Guardianship the same as getting power-of-attorney?
- How long does it take to get guardianship?
- If I am guardian, what happens to my child if I die?
- Can a sibling be an “alternate” guardian if something happens to me?
- Can both parents be guardians?
- My child has a “low IQ” but has no diagnosis, can I still use the expedited guardian advocate process?
- If I don’t get guardianship, can my child move out on her own?
- Am I doing the right thing for my child by getting guardianship?