Guardian Advocacy

What is a Guardian Advocate?

A Guardian Advocate is a person appointed by a written order of the court to represent a person with a developmental disability under section 393.12 of the Florida Statutes.

What does Developmental Disability mean in this context?

A developmental disability means a disorder or syndrome that is attributable to intellectual disability, Cerebral Palsy, Autism, Spina Bifida, or Prader-Willi Syndrome, that manifests before the age of 18 and that constitutes a substantial handicap that can reasonably be expected to continue indefinitely.

Florida law has created a simplified process to appoint a guardian for a person who has a developmental disability as defined by law in certain situations. This simplified process to appoint a Guardian Advocate for a person with developmental disabilities can be utilized when the developmentally disabled person needs help making some but not all decisions to take care of themselves.

  • Do you or someone you know have a child with a developmental disability who is about to turn 18 years of age?
  • Has your child or relative with developmental disabilities already turned 18?
  • Do they need help taking care of themselves?
  • Do they need help making financial decisions or medical decisions?
  • Are they at risk of being taken advantage of because they can’t fully take care of themselves?

If you need more information about whether your situation would qualify for a Guardian Advocacy you can call Attorney Courtney Bueno to discuss the specific facts of your situation. Attorney Courtney Bueno is an affordable Guardian Advocacy Attorney.

Attorney Courtney Bueno is a Guardian Advocacy attorney in Tampa, Brandon, Valrico, Riverview, Fishhawk, Plant City, Bloomingdale, Lithia, Dover, Seffner, and Sun City Center. She also accepts cases in Pasco, Polk, Pinellas, Manatee and Sarasota counties.

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