WHEREAS,“Professional Guardian” is defined in § 744.102(17), Florida Statutes, and
WHEREAS, § 744.2003(3), Florida Statutes, requires professional guardians to receive a minimum of 40 hours of initial instruction and training and a minimum of 16 hours of continuing education every 2 years thereafter, and
WHEREAS, the aforementioned education and training must be completed through courses approved or offered by the Office of Public and Professional Guardians,
WHEREAS, § 744.2003(6), Florida Statutes, requires professional guardians to demonstrate their competency by taking and passing an examination approved by the Department of Elderly Affairs, and
WHEREAS, § 744.2003(8), Florida Statutes, requires that the Department of Elderly Affairs waive the aforementioned examination requirement provided certain criteria are met;
NOW THEREFORE, I, TERENCE R. PERKINS, Chief Judge of the Seventh Judicial Circuit of Florida, hereby order that pursuant to § 744.2003(9), Florida Statutes, judges may not appoint individuals to serve as professional guardians who have not met the requirements of this Order and §§ 744.2002 & 744.2003, Florida Statutes.
TO BE RECORDED in Flagler, Putnam, St. Johns and Volusia counties.
DONE AND ORDERED at Daytona Beach, Volusia County, Florida this 30th day of September 2016.
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