South Florida Guardian ad Litem for Settlements
Our experienced Florida probate and guardianship attorney Regina Drennan, Esq. has handles guardian ad litem appointments to review minor settlement for courts throughout Florida. Regina has handled many guardian ad litem personal injury and wrongful death claims for attorneys and judges throughout the state of Florida, including Broward, Dade, Palm Beach, and many other counties.
Helping Personal Injury Victims By Reviewing Settlements In South Florida
If you are a personal injury lawyer in Florida who needs a guardian ad litem appointed to review a settlement, contact our office today for a free consultation at 800-337-7755. Our office can review any minor settlement from a personal injury settlement or wrongful death settlement and issue a report to the court on behalf of the minor child.
If you are a Florida personal injury lawyer and may settle the personal injury claim in excess of $15,000, we are happy to discuss settlement options in order to best protect the interest of the minor. For example, structured settlements maybe used to help protect the money for the minor until the minor turns 18. A guardianship in Florida may also be appropriate depending on the facts of the case and needs of the minor.
Appointing A Florida Guardian Ad Litem To Review A Minor Settlement
Florida law requires that a guardian ad litem be appointed to review minor settlements under certain circumstances. Florida statute 744.3025 generally governs minor settlements in personal injury and wrongful death claims.
Florida Statute 744.3025(1)(a) states:
The court may appoint a guardian ad litem to represent the minor’s interest before approving a settlement of the minor’s portion of the claim in a case in which a minor has a claim for personal injury, property damage, wrongful death, or other cause of action in which the gross settlement of the claim exceeds $15,000 if the court believes a guardian ad litem is necessary to protect the minor’s interest.
There is sometimes confusion with personal injury attorneys in Florida as to when a guardian ad litem needs to be appointed. Some personal injury and wrongful death attorneys in Florida confuse when a guardianship is required over the child's money versus when a guardian ad litem is required to review a minor settlement.
While Florida law says that the court may appoint a guardian ad litem to review any settlement where the gross settlement exceed $15,000, the court is required to appoint a guardian ad litem when the gross settlement exceeds $50,000. Florida law says that the court shall appoint a guardian ad litem to represent the minor’s interest before approving a settlement of the minor’s claim in a case in which the gross settlement involving a minor equals or exceeds $50,000.
Free Case Review
Our office is happy to discuss when a guardianship over the minor's property is required, and whether a guardian ad litem needs to be appointed to review the settlement of a minor. Whether you are representing yourself, or are a personal injury or wrongful death attorney in Florida or from out-of-state who needs some guidance, feel free to give our Florida guardian ad litem a call at 800-337-7755, or send us your question online.
Guardian Ad Litem Help Throughout Florida
We can assist with guardian ad litem reports throughout Florida, including
Broward guardian ad litem attorney
Miami Dade personal injury guardian ad litem
Palm Beach County guardian ad litem for personal injury, accident or wrongful death claim.
Broward accident settlement guardian ad litem
We often handle guardianships and guardian ad litem services for out of state attorneys and in state attorneys, and are happy to discuss your case to see how to best resolve the claim within the best interests of the child.