The certified question before the Florida Supreme Court seemed simple, but has far-reaching consequences regarding the rights of incapacitated people.

The case puts Florida laws governing legal guardianships in the spotlight, and how a probate court’s removal of some rights might affect a ward’s remaining freedoms. It came as Florida legislators re-examined the guardianship system, long plagued by accusations of corporate greed and policies designed to benefit guardians instead of wards and heirs.

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