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Guardianship Education Committee

Sixth Judicial Circuit - Michael Porter, Chairman

This Committee is designed to establish standards and guidelines for Guardians to assist Guardians and their counsel in representing the incapacitated in our Circuit.

If you have suggestions to comments to make concerning these guidelines, please submit to the Chairman of the Subcommittee, preferably by e-mail.

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Standards Subcommittee - Irene Rausch, Chair
Email: IRausch@tampabay.rr.com
TEL (727) 784-4200
FAX (727) 787-0205



Responsibilities Subcommittee - Hector Collazo, Chair
Email: hcollazo@co.pinellas.fl.us
  • Initial responsibilities upon appointment as Guardian
  • On going responsibilities as Guardian
  • Responsibilities upon seeking discharge as Guardian
  • Fee petitions and costs
  • Investment of assets: Prudent Investor Rule
  • Disaster Preparedness
  • Trust Reporting



Public and VA Benefits Subcommittee - Elizabeth Wall, Chair
Email: beth@shippdeeb.com
  • Public and VA benefits (Social Security Disability, Supplement Security Income, Medicaid, Medicare, Veteran's Benefits, Benefits for Developmentally Disabled)
  • Special Needs Trusts: (under 65, Pooled Trusts, other Trust & Medicaid Income)
  • How & when Guardians determine when Trusts would benefit the Ward



Temporary Guardianships Subcommittee - Lee R. Carr, Chair
Email: Lee@MyElderLawyer.com
  • Surrogate Guardian (new statute)
  • Emergency Temporary guardian



Ethics and Conflict of Interest - For Each Committee
Continuing Education - For Each Committee
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