Florida Guardianship FAQ {resource}

18 Mar, 2018

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.

You can see the entire FAQ on this page.

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?

See our new Florida Guardianship FAQ here.

Ultimate Guardianship Checklist


  • erotik January 11, 2021

    This will help you communicate which in turn will help move the ball down the field quicker and more efficiently. Allie Nikolaus Benedetto


    • Stephen Furnari April 23, 2021

      Thank you Allie, I’m glad you found the resources helpful.


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