Through estate planning you can name a guardian for your minor children; state your wishes for your financial affairs, health care and end-of-life care if you become incapacitated; and identify family members and other loved ones that you wish to receive your property after your death.
In a guardianship, a person, institution, or agency is appointed by the court to manage the affairs of another ("ward”). In Florida, a guardian must be represented by an attorney. A guardian has a duty to act in the ward’s best interest and must file certain reports with the court.
After a person dies, ownership of his or her property, assets and personal effects must be passed on to the beneficiaries (heirs). “Probate” is the legal name given to this process.