Everyone is subject to life’s hardships, but having a solid plan in place to manage those hardships can make things a lot simpler — for the regular Joe and the famed alike. Still, a plan can lead to questions. Britney Spears’ father has had conservatorship of her personal and professional life for approximately four-and-half years. Residents in Florida will know Spears as the superstar singer who has won multiple awards for her music and videos. She is also a judge on the hit television series The X Factor, which is a reality television show….
The elderly are particularly vulnerable to being exploited by their caretakers. This is why the Palm Beach County Clerk and Comptroller started the county’s guardianship fraud hotline last October. The hotline has since received 57 calls, which have led to 13 investigations into possible fraudulent activity. The police have taken control of 12 of these cases.
The need for such a hotline is apparent in the various cases of fraud against the elderly that come in all different varieties….
For those whose occupation requires them to travel, obtaining guardianship of an elderly parent may become a difficult legal battle. Many times the local court, including those in Florida, will deny a guardianship request if the person requesting it is constantly traveling or out of town due to work or other reasons. This may have been the case for a 56-year-old truck driver from another state who attempted to obtain guardianship of his elderly mother.
The truck driver wanted to bring his 82-year-old mother, who is in an assisted living center, to live with him in another city….
It is becoming increasingly more common for children to grow up in the care of relatives other than their parents. This is especially true for states such as Florida, where this type of guardianship accounts for 40 percent of the children in foster care. Some critics argue that the state should increase assistance to children in these situations because the financial and emotional challenges faced by these children are significantly worse than other children.
This situation can be problematic for many of these children since these extended-family guardians tend to be more impoverished and less educated than the average parent….