Frequently Asked Questions for Guardianships

   What is a guardian?

   What is a professional guardian?

   Why do I need an attorney?

   Where can I get a copy of the Department of Children and Families release form?

   What is an initial report?

   What are Letters of Guardianship?

   What is an annual report?

   Am I required to file my reports on certain forms?

   Where can I get the court approved forms?

   Where can I take the required 8-hour guardianship course?

   Where can I take the 40-hour class required to be a professional guardian?


  What is a guardian?

  A person appointed by the Court to act on behalf of a ward's person or property, or both.

  What is a professional guardian?

   A guardian who receives compensation for more than three wards excluding family members.

  Why do I need an attorney?

    Florida Probate Rule 5.030 requires that every guardian be represented by an attorney admitted to practice law in Florida unless the guardian is an attorney admitted to practice law in Florida.

  Where can I get a copy of the Department of Children and Families release form?

   This form is available from the Sixth Judicial Court's web site, www.jud6.org. Hard copies of the forms are also available at the Pasco County Law Library and the Office of the Clerk &      Comptroller, Probate Department in both Dade City and New Port Richey.
   **See below for addresses and telephone numbers**

  What is an initial report?

  For a guardian of the person, the initial report is the "INITIAL PLAN", which covers the period from the date the Letters of Guardianship were signed to the end of the month following the   year in which the Letters of Guardianship were signed.

  For a guardian of the property, the initial report is the "VERIFIED INVENTORY".

  This INITIAL REPORT is due within 60 days from the date the Letters of Guardianship were signed.

  What are Letters of Guardianship?

   Letters of Guardianship give the guardian the authority to act on behalf of the ward.

  What is an annual report?

  For a guardian of the person, the annual report is the "ANNUAL PLAN", which would cover the person for the forthcoming fiscal year.

  For a guardian of the property, the annual report is the "ANNUAL ACCOUNTING", which would cover the period from the date the Letters of Guardianship were signed to the end of the   month of the following year in which Letters of Guardianship were signed. Thereafter, the ANNUAL ACCOUNTING would cover the period for the past fiscal year.

  This ANNUAL REPORT is due the first day of the fourth month in which Letters of Guardianship were signed.

  Am I required to file my reports on certain forms?

  Yes. Administrative Order 2009-036 PA/PI-CIR directs the guardian to file on court approved forms.

  Where can I get the court approved forms?

  The forms are available from the Sixth Judicial Court's web site, www.jud6.org. Hard copies of these forms are also available at the Pasco County Law Library and the Office of the Clerk &   Comptroller, Probate Department in Dade City or New Port Richey.
  **See below for addresses and telephone numbers**

  Where can I take the required 8-hour guardianship course?

  Currently, this course is offered through St. Petersburg College

  Where can I take the 48-hour class required to be a professional guardian?

  Currently, this course is offered through St. Petersburg College. You can also contact Lifelong Learning at (727) 341-4441. When you receive your certificate of completion a copy must be filed in   the Clerk & Comptroller's Office.


Department Contact Information

DADE CITY NEW PORT RICHEY
Paula S. O'Neil
Clerk & Comptroller
38053 Live Oak Avenue
Suite 207
Dade City, FL 33523-3894
(352) 523-2411 Ext. 2216
8:30am-5:00pm
Monday-Friday




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Paula S. O'Neil
Clerk & Comptroller
Mailing Address
P.O. Box 338
New Port Richey, FL 34656-0338
Physical Location:
7530 Little Road
Suite 104
New Port Richey, FL 34654
(727) 847-2411 Ext. 2216
8:30am-5:00pm
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