On June 13, 2014, the Governor of the State of Florida signed into effect amendments to Florida Statutes relating to Guardianships.

One of the major amendments was to Section 744.3135. This revised the provision relating to the requirements for specified guardians to submit to a credit history investigation and background screening.

The statute now requires: “At the time a person, not a corporation, is seeking to become guardian, The court shall require all guardians who are seeking appointment by the court, other than a corporate guardian as described in Section 744.309(4), and all employees of a professional guardian, other than a corporate guardian as described in Section 744.309(4), who have responsibility to a ward, to submit, at their own expense, to a credit history investigation and to undergo a level 2 background screening as required by Section 435.04.”

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