Alpert Jewish Family And Childrens Service

(561) 684-1991
banner

Guardianship

 

Committed to providing professional Guardianship Service  to enhance and maintain the lives of our Wards.

About the Program
We accept Wards with or without assets who reside in the Greater Palm Beaches.   
Our staff includes RNs, MSWs, a Geriatric Psychiatrist, a Physician and an accounting department. Our program operates within guidelines and under the supervision of JFCS Executive Director and Associate Executive Director. The Board of Directors maintains a governance responsibility with an Asset Management Committee reviewing the financial situation of each Ward and an Advance DirectivesCommittee to review critical care-based decisions. 
Attorneys are utilized as appropriate. In addition, we have attorneys who can handle various commercial matters on behalf of our Wards, and will represent on a pro bono basis if needed.
 


Frequently Asked Questions

What is Guardianship?
A guardianship is an involuntary trust relationship in which one party, called a guardian, acts for an individual called the ward. The law regards the ward as incapable of managing his or her own person and/or affairs.
 

What is a Guardian?
A guardian is any adult appointed by the Probate Court to assume responsibility for the care and management of the person, the estate, or both, of an incapacitated person. The guardian makes major life decisions for the ward who is otherwise unable to make his or her own decisions.
 

Who needs a Guardian?
Incompetent: One who is incapacitated is any person who is so mentally impaired as a result of a mental or physical illness or disability, or mental retardation, or as a result of chronic substance abuse, that the person is incapable of taking proper care of himself or his property.


Who chooses the Guardian?
The Probate Court appoints the guardian. 


 What are the Admissions Criteria? 

  • Individuals must live in Palm Beach County.  
  • Individuals, regardless of age or reason for  Incapacity, based on a comprehensive assessment of the individual’s needs and the scope of our services. 
  • Jewish clients, regardless of assets. 
  • Non-Jewish clients with assets.
  • Non- Jewish clients without assets, when feasible, depending upon the financial resources of the program to support them.