Florida is a state to which many people flock in the winter. The weather is warm and sunny and really pleasant at times when many parts of the country are dealing with snow storms and icy roads. Many seniors want to be in Florida because they need to be where it is warm. Many others find job opportunities so they raise their families here. That is the positive part of the experience.
However, on the other side of the coin, if a person becomes ill or needs medical attention for some other reason, the consequences (or surrounding issues) may not be so pleasant. There is a bill that is moving through the Florida Legislature which may broaden the power that Florida probate judges and court-appointed guardians have over a person who has gotten ill or who has had an accident in Florida even though they are not living in Florida full time.
The meaning of the Guardianship Jurisdiction Act
The Florida bill would affect the way guardianships and judgments are executed. According to this bill, the judge’s orders would apply no matter where the person is, geographically speaking. Some people who are in favor of the bill feel that it is a good thing from a financial perspective because less money will be spend on the case than if it crossed state lines.
However, the negative side of the bill is that it could allow judges to take away the rights and assets of people who are not permanent Florida residents. It will render the person powerless to do anything or do leave the state and the same law would apply no matter where the person is residing physically.
Solid legal advice from a Florida attorney
If you are in such a situation, the expertise of a Florida estate attorney may prove to be invaluable to your case. Your rights must be protected and the attorney can help you to navigate the process and you will become well acquainted with what you must do and what is facing you. Hopefully, you will have a positive result so that you can live a good life going forward.