Guardianship Timelines

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

FLORIDA

YEAR

NATIONAL

Public Guardianship Act enacted

1986

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

1987

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

1988

First Wingspread Conference

Report and Recommendations of the Study Commission on Guardianship Law

1989

Guardianship Reform Act enacted

1990

1991

Steps to Enhance Guardianship Monitoring, ABA

Guardianship Oversight Board established

1992

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

1994

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

1995

ABA and the American Psychological Association (APA) taskforce created

1997

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

1998

Final Report, NCPJ Committee on Interstate Guardianships

Statewide Public Guardianship Office (SPGO) established

1999

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

2000

2001

Second National Wingspan Conference
International Guardianship Network formed

2002

National Guardianship Network convened

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

2003

Guardianship Task Force established by the Florida Legislature

Guardianship Working Group appointed by the Governor

Final Report of the Guardianship Task Force issued

2004

Wingspan Implementation Session
Report on Guardianship, GAO

Rule on Professional Guardian Registration (Rule 58M) issued

2005

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

2006

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

2007

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

2008

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)

2009

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

2010

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

2011

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

2012

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

2013

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

2014

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

2015

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

2016

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