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Bill Would Boost Elder Oversight

Florida Senate
The Florida Channel
Leon County Judge John Cooper on June 30, 2022, in a screen grab from The Florida Channel.

Sen. Nancy Detert, R-Venice, has filed a bill to reform the system aimed at regulating court-appointed guardians of the elderly, according to the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.

The bill, SB 1226, will create the Office of Public and Professional Guardians to certify and supervise the court-appointed guardians.

Guardians now are required to file annual financial reports, but the amount of oversight varies county to county, according to the Herald-Tribune. There is rarely additional monitoring once the guardianship is in place and there is no formal process for wards or their families to complain about unsatisfactory guardianships, the Herald-Tribune reports.

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