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Mon, Apr 30, 2012| | News

NEW GUARDIANSHIP PROGRAM TO HELP LOW-INCOME PEOPLE IN INDIAN RIVER COUNTY

NDIAN RIVER COUNTY — A new nonprofit organization that will assist low-income residents in need of public guardians has been set up in Indian River County.

The Public Guardianship Program of Indian River County will provide a legal protector for low-income, incapacitated people who do not have family members or friends willing to serve as guardian. A public guardian is appointed by the court to oversee a person’s affairs if he or she is deemed to be incapable of making decisions on their own and the person has no assets.

Although in its infancy, the program already is helping four individuals in the county with decisions, including medical care, financial matters and placements in long-term care facilities, according to board members and attorneys Michael Swan and Thomas Tierney from Rossway Moore Taylor & Swan in Vero Beach, who are overseeing the cases pro bono.

“There are hundreds of legal guardianships in this county, and the vast majority goes to family and friends,” said Swan. “But these are the cases where there’s no family and friends, and there is no money to pay a private guardian.”

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