Guardianship

The last resort to protect a loved one

Why guardianship? Sometimes we are faced with the tragic circumstance that a loved one or client can no longer make decisions for himself or herself. That may be due to dementia, illness, injury, stroke, etc. The person must be protected so that:

  • Medical decisions are timely and prudent, including informed consent,
  • Residential or other care can be provided,
  • Public and private benefits can be maximized, and
  • Assets can be protected from theft or wasting.
If guardianship cannot be avoided; tailor the guardianship to arrive at agreement on issues like:

Who should be the guardian? A family member is the first choice to be the court-appointed guardian. Some times that is not possible and a professional guardian is needed.

If a professional guardian is needed, Lennie is a great choice.

  • Registered with the Florida Department of Elder Affairs for seventeen years.
  • Certified by the Center for Guardianship Certification as a National Master Guardian. This exceptional accreditation is based years of experience, recommendations, training and examinations. Approximately four dozen individuals in the nation hold this certification.
  • Experienced as a trainer, author and leader in the field.

✔️ Currently Vice President of the Florida State Guardianship Association

✔️ Served as both Guardian and Guardian Advocate for a person suffering both mental illness and drug abuse. Treatment for both was successful.

Lennie is best used for novel or complex cases and those involving significant conflict.

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Sample Accomplishments

Served as a Volunteer Guardian for a man injured in an accident. My job was to serve as the guardian of the proceeds of the personal injury settlement.
My client was suffering early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. Neither her husband nor their sons could be appointed guardian. I negotiated the sale of her substantial and unusual business property. With that resolved, I was discharged and her husband appointed guardian.
Sisters were in a battle over dad’s care, his benefits and mom’s property. As the guardian, I ended the battles and both could focus on what was best for mom and dad.
I was appointed guardian in a case with conflicts between multiple children, allegations of fraud and exploitation, and a complex arrangement of family caregivers. Despite multiple legal battles, dad was cared for in his home and kept comfortable, safe and undisturbed.
My client was suffering early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. Neither her husband nor their sons could be appointed guardian. I negotiated the sale of her substantial and unusual business property. With that resolved, I was discharged and her husband appointed guardian.