Task force recommends changes to improve oversight, accountability in Florida guardianship system

ORLANDO, Fla. — A statewide task force has made new recommendations aimed at stopping alleged abuse across Florida’s guardianship system.

Guardianships are meant for people who a court decides can’t take care of themselves, but for years, there have been growing complaints of conflicts of interest from families and advocates.


The Guardianship Improvement Task Force, sponsored by Florida’s clerks of courts and comptrollers, gave judges, attorneys, families and advocates a seat at the table.

The task force found little oversight or regulation, allowing for predatory attorneys to flood the system.

READ: ‘They take away everything’: Orlando man’s rights restored after 7 years under legal guardianship

The goal of the task force’s recommendations is to create long-term safeguards and accountability.

Among its recommendations:

  • A statewide data collection system, one for cases and another that publicly tracks a guardian’s record.
  • A recommendation that judges should give preference to advance directives and support guardianship alternatives.

READ: Issues with case management found in audit of Orange County’s court guardianship program

The task force now wants to see lawmakers create a permanent task force to take over and monitor the players in the guardianship system.

READ: AG: 9 urns found in office of ex-guardian accused of filing DNR order without consent

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