Guardianship Timelines

Time Lines of Guardianship Efforts: Florida and National (1986 – 2016)




Public Guardianship Act enacted


Advisory Committee on Public Guardianship appointed by Chief Justice

Establishment of Public Guardianship Programs in the Second and Seventeenth Circuits

Establishment of the Florida State Guardianship Association

Final Report of the Advisory Committee on Public Guardianship


AP report on Guardianship of the Elderly
(Report 1 & Report 2)


First Wingspread Conference

Report and Recommendations of the Study Commission on Guardianship Law


Guardianship Reform Act enacted



Steps to Enhance Guardianship Monitoring, ABA

Guardianship Oversight Board established


Action Plan of the Supreme Court of Florida Committee on Court-Related Needs of the Elderly and Persons with Disabilities


Review of Public Guardianship by the Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability


ABA and the American Psychological Association (APA) taskforce created


Uniform Guardianship and Protective Proceedings Act revised, National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws


Final Report, NCPJ Committee on Interstate Guardianships

Statewide Public Guardianship Office (SPGO) established


Elder Justice Center established in the 13th Judicial Circuit

Report of the Guardianship Monitoring Workgroup, Judicial Management Council, Committee on Trial Court Performance and Accountability



Second National Wingspan Conference
International Guardianship Network formed


National Guardianship Network convened

Guardianship Monitoring in Florida:  Fulfilling the Court’s Duty to Protect Wards, Supreme Court Commission on Fairness


Guardianship Task Force established by the Florida Legislature

Guardianship Working Group appointed by the Governor

Final Report of the Guardianship Task Force issued


Wingspan Implementation Session
Report on Guardianship, GAO

Rule on Professional Guardian Registration (Rule 58M) issued


HB 457 (Ch. 2006-178, Laws of Fla.), Guardianship Task Force recommendations


Assessment of Capacity in Older Adults handbooks, ABA / APA

HB 191 (Ch. 2006-77, Laws of Fla.), court monitors, delegable rights, and power of attorney

Guardianship Monitoring:  A National Survey of Court Practices, ABA

HB 193 (Ch. 2006-129, Laws of Fla.) appointing a court monitor confidential

Foundation for Indigent Guardianship, Inc. (FIG) established


Guardianship for the Elderly, U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging
Uniform Adult Guardianship and Protective Proceedings Jurisdiction Act, National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws
Public Guardianship After 25 Years:  In the Best Interest of Incapacitated People?, ABA


Center for Elders and the Court (CEC) created by National Center for State Courts (NCSC)
Guardianship Resolution 5, Guardianship Resolution 5, Conference of Chief Justices and the Conference of State Court Administrators (CCJ/COSCA)


The Demographic Imperative: Guardianships and Conservatorships, Joint Task Force on Elders and the Court, CCJ/COSCA
Guardianship Resolution 14, CCJ/COSCA

Lighting the Way to Guardianship and Other decision-Making Alternatives workshops


Adult Guardianship Court Data and Issues, CEC
Cases of Financial Exploitation, Neglect, and Abuse of Seniors, GAO
First World Congress on Adult Guardianship
Guardianship Resolution 14, CCJ/COSCA


Third National Guardianship Summit, recommendations adopted
Adult Guardianships:  A “Best Guess” National Estimate and The Momentum for Reform, NCSC
Guidelines for the Evaluation of Dementia and Age-Related Cognitive Change, APA
Incapacitated Adults: Oversight of Federal Fiduciaries and Court-Appointed Guardians Needs Improvement, GAO
Court Volunteer Guardianship Monitoring Handbooks, ABA


Second World Congress on Adult Guardianship
Guardianship Resolution 3, Guardianship Resolution 6, CCJ/COSCA


First edition of National Probate Court Standards, NCPJ
Guardianship Resolution 1, Guardianship Resolution 6, CCJ/COSCA

HB 635 (Ch. 2014-124 Laws of Fla.), allowing clerks’ offices to be more involved with guardianships


Third World Congress on Adult Guardianship
Adult Guardianship Guide, NCSC
WINGS Tips:  State Replication Guide for Working Interdisciplinary Networks of Guardianship Stakeholders, NGN
SSA Representative Payee: Survey of State Guardianship Law and Court Practices, Admin. Conference of the U.S.

HB 5 (Ch. 2015-83, Laws of Fla.), notice for filing petition for appointment of emergency temporary guardian, findings of fact stating why guardian was selected, and more


Restoration of Rights for Adults Under Guardianship with restoration case law chart, ABA

SB 232 (Ch. 2016-40, Laws of Fla.), expanded Office of Public and Professional Guardians duties to include oversight of both public and professional guardians, instituted a disciplinary process, and required judges to appoint guardians on a rotation basis absent good cause


Fourth World Congress on Adult Guardianship

Establishment of Judicial Management Council’s Guardianship Workgroup

Recharging Adult Guardianship Reform: Six Current Paths Forward, Journal of Aging, Longevity, Law and Policy
Guardianship Resolution 9, CCJ/COSCA