- incapacitated persons
- voluntary wards
- developmentally disabled individuals, pursuant to Florida Statutes Chapter 393
All guardianship matters in the State of Florida require an attorney pursuant to Florida Probate Rule 5.030.
An individual, through his/her attorney, may file for a guardian to be appointed for:
- an adult person when they believe that person is not mentally capable of taking
care of himself or herself
- an adult person on their own behalf may file a voluntary guardianship when they may be physically unable to manage their property
An individual can be appointed as guardian of:
- the person only
- property only
- person and property
- in a limited (partial rights removed)
- plenary capacity (total rights removed)
Guardianships are filed for minors when the minor child has inherited or received money or property in excess of $15,000. In this type of case a guardian of the property is all that is needed if the minor child's parents are living. If a minor child's parents are deceased, a guardianship of the person may also be required.
As in all guardianship proceedings a hearing may be necessary when guardianship cases are presented to the court for consideration of all orders.
Certain documents within guardianship cases are marked as confidential information pursuant to Florida Statutes.
The Statewide Public Guardianship Office has provided the following handbook Guardianship Basics for easy reference. The handbook covers basic information that can be a helpful reference guide, but it is not intended to be a substitute for obtaining an attorney.
- Guardianship Handbook
- Guardianship Task Force Preliminary Report
- Guardianship Task Force Members
- Statewide Public Guardianship Office (SPGO)
Department Contact Information
|DADE CITY||NEW PORT RICHEY|
|Paula S. O'Neil|
Clerk & Comptroller
38053 Live Oak Avenue
Dade City, FL 33523-3894
(352) 523-2411 Ext. 2216
|Paula S. O'Neil
Clerk & Comptroller
P.O. Box 338
New Port Richey, FL 34656-0338
7530 Little Road
New Port Richey, FL 34654
(727) 847-2411 Ext. 2216
Guardianship Forms and Fees
The link below will direct you to the Sixth Judicial Circuit Probate, Guardianship & Mental Health website. You will be able to download the required Guardianship Accounting and Plan Forms. However, not all the information located on this site is applicable to Pasco County Courts. By clicking on this link, you will find the applicable Probate and Guardianship Administrative Orders.Guardianship Forms
Note: Not all of the information listed under this web page is applicable to Pasco County Courts.
Additional guardianship forms can be found in the Court's Self-Help Center.
This form should be used for Pasco County.Department of Children and Family Services Release Form
Initial Filing Fees
|Guardianship - Veterans Administration||$235.00|
|Guardianship of Person Only||$235.00|
|Guardianship of Person/Property Ancillary||$400.00|
|Guardianship of Property Only||$400.00|
|Petition for Conservatorship/Curatorship||$400.00|
|Petition for Determination of Incapacity||$231.00|
|Petition for Foreign Guardian to Manage Property if Not Formal Administration||$231.00|
|Petition to Manage Property of Non-Resident Ward||$231.00|
|Miscellaneous One Document Filing||$231.00|
|Petition to Enter Rooms and Places||$231.00|
|Petition to Approve Settlement of Minor's Claim||$231.00|
|Petition to Determine Heirs; Foreign Guardian to Manage Property||$231.00|
|Petition to Open Safe-Deposit Box||$231.00|
|Audit Fee of Annual/ Final Financial Return - Based on Starting Balance of Accounting
|Audit of Verified Inventory over $25,000||$ 85.00|
|Bond Approval||$ 8.50|
|Counter/Cross/3rd Party Complaint/Petition||$ 395.00|
|Issuing Subpoena (sign and seal only)||$ 2.00|
|Prepare and Issue Subpoena for a Witness (includes signing and sealing)||$ 7.00|
|Issuing Summons (sign and seal only)||$ 10.00|
|Prepare and Issue Summons (includes signing and sealing)*
It has been determined that the fee for preparing, signing and sealing a summons will be $17.
This includes the issuing fee of $10 and the preparation fee of $7.
|Maintenance - Professional Guardian Fee||$ 7.50|
|Photocopies of Instruments Not More than 14 Inches by 8.5 Inches (per page)||$ 1.00|
|Photocopies of Instruments More than 14 Inches by 8.5 Inches (per page)||$ 5.00|
|Reopen Fee -
|Receiving Money into Registry, First $500.00||3%|
|Each Subsequent $100.00||1.5%|