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When to Establish a Guardianship

By Joyce A. Julian, P.A. |

Age, the circumstances of life, illness, or an accident can all act to deprive a person of the will or ability to handle his/her own affairs. Generally, being recognized as a legal adult brings with it the right to make key life decisions related to finances, medical care, where to live etc. Retaining these… Read More »


What Are the Responsibilities of a Guardian?

By Joyce A. Julian, P.A. |

Adults routinely make choices about finances, where to live, and medical care, which are some of the hallmarks of authority people receive upon reaching the age of majority. Retaining this power requires a person have the cognitive and/or physical ability to tend to their affairs in a reasonable manner. When this is no longer… Read More »


Challenging The Appointment Of A Guardian

By Joyce A. Julian, P.A. |

All adults, and Americans especially, highly value the independence and control that comes with reaching the age of majority. As one ages, these rights and privileges are often taken for granted, and only become an issue of contention when someone loses his/her competency over financial or personal affairs, usually as a result of the… Read More »


Florida’s Guardianship Process

By Joyce A. Julian, P.A. |

Recognizing a friend or loved one is having difficulty with financial and daily life issues is not always easy. Nor is the acceptance they may need a guardian to responsibly protect their interests. People in these situations tend to hide such struggles as much as possible out of embarrassment and pride. Unfortunately, there are… Read More »


Why Picking The Right Guardian Is So Important

By Joyce A. Julian, P.A. |

When a spouse or loved one starts to exhibit signs of mental or physical decline, recognizing and responding to their new and changing needs is frequently a challenge. Once a person becomes a legal adult, he/she is able to make a number of legally significant decisions, which creates complications when a person’s health is… Read More »


How Courts View Removal Of Rights In Guardianship

By Joyce A. Julian, P.A. |

Knowing what the appropriate response is to a loved one’s incapacity is rarely clear or easy, especially if the impairments are limited to a few areas. However, when a person does lose some or all ability to make rational and reasonable decisions or the physical function to perform necessary tasks, guardianship may be necessary…. Read More »


Representing The Child’s Best Interest Tn Family Court Cases: Guardians Ad Litem

By Joyce A. Julian, P.A. |

Family law cases involving children are often some of the most complicated matters a court examines, and making the best possible decision for the child’s long-term welfare is the optimal goal. While judges would ideally like to spend all the time needed to assess and investigate a child’s needs and current living situation, limited… Read More »


Guardianship And Divorce

By Joyce A. Julian, P.A. |

Divorce commonly arouses strong emotions that can provoke uncharacteristic behavior as an individual tries to cope with the end of his/her marriage. These momentary lapses in judgment are usually fleeting, and typically have no discernible impact on the outcome of the divorce. However, in situations where a spouse’s mental capacity is questionable or compromised,… Read More »

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Recent Changes to the Law on a Spouse’s Share of an Estate

By Joyce A. Julian, P.A. |

When someone dies without an estate plan there are usually a lot of questions about what happens to his/her belongings. In many cases, this issue must be settled in court through the probate process. In practical terms, the probate process includes settling outstanding debts with creditors, collecting probate property, and distributing it to the… Read More »


New Bill Would Allow a Guardian to Initiate a Divorce

By Joyce A. Julian, P.A. |

There may come a time in everyone’s life when they are no longer capable of handling their own personal and financial affairs. In this situation, the appointment of a guardian may be necessary to safeguard themselves and/or their property. The extent of a guardian’s authority can vary based on the needs of the impaired… Read More »

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