Guardianships

A guardianship is a legal proceeding in the courts in which a guardian is appointed by the court to exercise the legal rights of an incapacitated person.

A guardian of the person makes decisions and takes action regarding the well being of the incapacitated person. The guardian of the property is responsible for managing the property/assets of the incapacitated person.

Click here for Guardianship Fees & Costs

Department Contact Information

Saint Johns County Clerk of Court and Comptroller

Probate Dept.

4010 Lewis Speedway

Saint Augustine, FL 32084

(904) 819-3655


Other Helpful Resources


Guardianship Fraud Hotline

Using the Guardianship Fraud Hotline, 866-272-4351, you can anonymously report potential incidents of financial fraud or waste involving court-appointed guardianships over elderly, minor children and incapacitated individuals. This includes but is not limited to:

  • Missing money or property
  • Suspicious loans, funds transfers, opened or closed accounts/lines of credit
  • Suspicious purchase or sale of real or personal property
  • Violations of federal, state or local laws, rules or regulations
  • Guardian has a conflict of interest or exhibits signs of a more expensive lifestyle
  • Forced removal of the ward from their home or residence


How to Report Guardianship Fraud

Submissions are sent directly to the Clerk of Courts Audit Services Division

If you suspect physical abuse or neglect, please contact the Florida Department of Children and Families at 1 (800) 96ABUSE (1 (800) 962-2873).