Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Detert files bill to reform elder guardianship system

Sen. Nancy Detert, R-Venice
TALLAHASSEE - A new bill designed to reform Florida's elder guardianship system has been filed, this one aimed at better regulating the people appointed by courts to make decisions for wards whose civil rights have been removed by the state.

Currently, guardians are required to file annual financial reports, which can be audited by clerks of court. But the amount of oversight varies from one county to the next. There is rarely any additional monitoring of adult wards' welfare once the guardianship is in place.

And no formal avenue exists for wards or their families to complain about unsatisfactory guardianships.

But a bill filed by state Sen. Nancy Detert, R-Venice, would establish an Office of Public and Professional Guardians to certify and supervise the court-appointed guardians. 

Detert's bill (SB1226) came as a surprise to some critics and defenders of the guardianship system. It follows two other reform bills making their way through committees in advance of the 2015 state legislative session, which begins Tuesday.

Problems with Florida's guardianship system were the basis of a series published in December by the Herald-Tribune, “The Kindness of Strangers: Inside Florida's Elder Guardianship System.” Case studies told the stories of wards and their families who felt trapped in a legal process they did not understand.

Detert is expected to join Rep. Kathleen Passidomo, R-Naples, and other panelists in a forum today on elder guardianship at Gulf Gate Library, sponsored by the Herald-Tribune and Sarasota County Libraries. All seats are reserved, but live coverage will begin at 10:15 a.m. at heraldtribune.com.  (Continue Reading)

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Detert files bill to reform elder guardianship system


Mary said...

Good to see any reform. Thank you Senator.

StandUp said...

Surely with all the bills coming out in Florida, some will stick.

I thank the Senator as well!

Betty said...

I know it's hard to get legislation passed in Florida and I appreciate every lawmaker's effort to try to fix this problem.