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Who may need a guardian?

Florida requires a minor to have a court-appointed guardian if the minor has received an insurance settlement greater than $15,000.00 [FL Statute §744.387(2)]. Florida also requires the court to appoint a guardian, when the Court finds the person to be incapacitated. Additionally, a person can request the court to appoint a guardian and if the person has a developmental disability, may request a guardian advocate be appointed. However, Florida law is very clear that guardianship should be the last resort for providing assistance with decision making.