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Is it free to file legal guardianship forms in Florida?

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Guardianship proceeding documents in Florida require a filing fee that can vary by county. As of 2015, the filing fee for guardianship over a person is $235 and $400 for guardianship over a person and their property, according to the Pinellas County Clerk of the Circuit Court.

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In Palm Beach County, the filing fee for guardianship of a person only is $236, and the fee is $401 for guardianship of a person and property or for other guardianship matters, states the Palm Beach County Clerk and Comptroller. The county lists a separate fee of $401 for a proceeding for temporary custody of minor children by extended family members.

The Pinellas County website also has an informational page about guardianship that notes that in addition to the filing fees, there are annual accounting fees and other expenses. The website also states that guardians must have attorney representation.

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