ALLEN WEST LAW OFFICE
SERVING TAMPA, RIVERVIEW, RUSKIN, BRANDON, SUN CITY CENTER & ZEPHYRHILLS
TEL: (813) 413-9115
FAX: (813) 413-9116
A guardianship is a legal proceeding in which a guardian exercises the legal rights of a ward. It
is started by filing a document asking the Judge to appoint someone to look out for the welfare
of a ward (someone who can’t take care of themselves).
When a person becomes unable to manage their own affairs or has become incapacitated and
has not previously put in place the tools to allow someone else to manage their affairs (living
trusts, power of attorney, health care proxies), a guardianship may become necessary to allow
financial management of their affairs.
A guardian will assume control over the finances of the incapacitated person (known as the
ward) as well as the "person" of the ward. A guardianship is a drastic remedy that removes
decision making authority from the ward and removes control that the ward previously had over
the ward's assets.
A relative or close friend can usually be appointed as guardian by the Florida probate court in
the county where the senior is living. A professional guardian may also serve as guardian if no
relative or friend is available.
Florida Guardianships for Minors
Law Office of C. Allen West, P.L.
10018 Water Works Lane
Riverview FL 33578
(813) 413-9115 EXT 107 | Fax: (813)413-9116
The Law Office of C. Allen West, P.L. provides guardianship, elder law, estate planning, probate
services and personal injury in the Tampa area. We serve Tampa, Riverview, Sun City Center,
Brandon, Ruskin, Zephyrhills and the surrounding areas. We offer guardianship, probate and
trust services to clients statewide as well as nationwide.
Guardianships are also used where a minor stands to inherit large sums of property or where a minor’s parents are deceased or unable to care for the minor. In some cases
a guardian ad litem may be sufficient to protect the minor's interests instead of a full scale guardianship. Guardianships for minors can sometimes be called guardianship of
For more information, please call us at (813) 413-9115 Ext 107. You may also click here to contact us for an in-office consultation regarding your legal needs.
Guardianship Attorney Allen West serving Riverview, Sun City Center, Brandon, Ruskin and Tampa. Call the Law Office of Allen West for Guardianship cases.