As it prepares to begin its deliberations, the Guardianship Improvement Task Force has heard from attorneys appointed to represent alleged incapacitated persons (AIPs) in guardianship proceedings and from family and professional guardians.

The task force, initiated and supported by the Florida Court Clerks & Comptrollers, met online September 14 to hear its last testimony before it begins deliberating for its final report to the Legislature on September 23. That meeting will be in Tallahassee.

Attorneys Jeffrey Eisel of Clearwater and Mary Wimsett of Gainesville talked about the duties of court-appointed attorneys for AIPs in guardianship proceedings. Eisel said state law requires an attorney be appointed for all potential wards in initial guardianship proceedings.