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Scott to Consider Single Elder Guardian Bill

One of three elder guardianship bills considered during the legislative session passed, the Sarasota Herald-Tribunereports.

Gov. Rick Scott will consider signing into law House Bill 5, which requires advance notice before hearings on the appointment of emergency temporary guardians, according to the Herald-Tribune.

It also allows the mediation of guardianship disputes among family members and requires reporting of incidents of abuse, neglect and exploitation of wards by guardians.


The bills were proposed after the Herald-Tribune’s series“The Kindness of Strangers: Inside Elder Guardianship in Florida” exposed elder abuse issues in Florida’s probate court system, the Herald-Tribune reports.


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