Alpert JFS’ Guardianship Program manages the affairs of court-mandated individuals who have been deemed unable to manage their own affairs.  With court orders, our guardians assume certain rights of the Ward to make decisions about many aspects of daily life.  Our guardians are directed by a strict code of ethics and statutes to act in the best interest of the Ward.



What is Guardianship?

A guardianship is an involuntary trust relationship in which one party, called a Guardian, acts for an individual, called the Ward. The law regards the Ward as incapable of managing his or her own person and/or affairs.

What is a Guardian?

A Guardian is any adult appointed by the Probate Court to assume responsibility for the care and management of the person, estate, or both, of an incapacitated person. The Guardian makes major life decisions for the Ward, who is otherwise unable to make his or her own decisions. Alpert JFS is a non-profit corporate Guardian. Our team includes registered professional Guardians.


Who needs a Guardian? 

Guardians are appointed to someone who is incapacitated due to a mental impairment, mental or physical illness or disability, or as a result of chronic substance abuse.


Who chooses the Guardian?

The Probate Court appoints the guardian.


What are the Admissions Criteria? 

  • Individuals must live in Palm Beach, Broward, Martin and Hendry Counties.
  • Individuals, regardless of age or reason for incapacity, undergo a comprehensive assessment of needs, within the scope of our services.
  • Jewish clients, regardless of assets.
  • Non-Jewish clients with assets.
  • Non-Jewish clients without assets, when feasible, depending on the financial resources of the program to support them.