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Under Florida law, there are two types of guardianships for minors.  The first type of guardian of a minor is called a Guardianship of the Person.  Guardianship of the person is when someone other than a minor’s parents is given authority to make health care, residence, school-related and other decisions for the minor.  The second type of guardianship of a minor is a Guardianship of Property.  A Guardian of a minor’s property is necessary to deal with financial or other assets valued at greater than $15,000.

When designating Guardians in a Will, the parents of minor children should provide that the same person(s) will be Guardians of both the person and the property of a minor child.