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Florida Chief Justice Orders Guardianship Study

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Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice George Labarga is creating a new panel of experts to study the state’s legal guardian system.

Labarga says he’s concerned about the growing number of guardianship case.

He wants a working group to study such things as how people are determined legally incapacitated, and to look for less restrictive alternatives.  

The Legislature recently gave the Department of Elder Affairs more power to regulate professional guardians   following an investigative series by the Sarasota Herald Tribune.

A Miami native, former WFSU reporter Jim Ash is an award-winning journalist with more than 20 years of experience, most of it in print. He has been a member of the Florida Capital Press Corps since 1992.