Florida Senate - 2022 CS for SB 1032
By the Committee on Judiciary; and Senator Burgess
1 A bill to be entitled
2 An act relating to guardianships; amending s. 744.306,
3 F.S.; deleting provisions relating to foreign
4 guardianship orders; amending s. 744.363, F.S.;
5 authorizing a guardian to sign an order not to
6 resuscitate in certain limited circumstances; amending
7 s. 744.3675, F.S.; authorizing a guardian to sign an
8 order not to resuscitate in certain limited
9 circumstances; amending s. 744.441, F.S.; authorizing
10 a guardian to consent to the entry of an order not to
11 resuscitate by a physician under certain limited
12 circumstances; requiring a guardian to notify the
13 court within a certain time after signing or
14 consenting to the entry of an order not to
15 resuscitate; creating part IX of ch. 744, Florida
16 Statutes, entitled the “Florida Guardianship
17 Jurisdiction Act”; creating s. 744.74, F.S.; providing
18 a short title; creating s. 744.75, F.S.; providing
19 legislative purpose and construction; creating s.
20 744.76, F.S.; defining terms; creating s. 744.77,
21 F.S.; providing construction relating to international
22 application; creating s. 744.78, F.S.; authorizing
23 courts of this state to communicate with courts of
24 another state relating to certain proceedings;
25 requiring courts of this state to make a record of
26 such communication; specifying communications that
27 interested persons must be able to participate in;
28 creating s. 744.79, F.S.; specifying actions that a
29 court of this state may request from, and perform for,
30 a court of another state in certain guardianship
31 proceedings; creating s. 744.80, F.S.; authorizing
32 courts of this state to permit witness testimony by
33 certain means; providing that certain evidence may be
34 excluded after a judicial determination of
35 admissibility; creating s. 744.81, F.S.; specifying
36 factors a court must consider in determining whether a
37 respondent has a significant connection with a
38 particular state; creating s. 744.82, F.S.; providing
39 construction relating to the basis for jurisdiction;
40 creating s. 744.83, F.S.; specifying circumstances
41 when a court of this state has jurisdiction in certain
42 guardianship proceedings; creating s. 744.84, F.S.;
43 specifying the special jurisdiction of courts of this
44 state; providing procedures relating to the
45 appointment of an emergency temporary guardian under
46 certain circumstances; creating s. 744.85, F.S.;
47 providing that a court that has appointed a guardian
48 has exclusive and continuing jurisdiction until
49 certain conditions are met; creating s. 744.86, F.S.;
50 authorizing a court of this state to decline to
51 exercise its jurisdiction under certain circumstances;
52 specifying requirements for such court; specifying
53 factors a court must consider in determining whether
54 it is an appropriate forum; creating s. 744.87, F.S.;
55 authorizing a court to decline to exercise
56 jurisdiction or to exercise jurisdiction for a limited
57 purpose under certain circumstances; authorizing a
58 court to assess certain expenses against certain
59 persons; prohibiting the court from assessing certain
60 fees, costs, or expenses against this state; creating
61 s. 744.88, F.S.; providing notice requirements for
62 certain petitions to appoint a guardian; creating s.
63 744.89, F.S.; providing procedures when certain
64 proceedings are pending in more than one state;
65 creating s. 744.90, F.S.; authorizing a guardian
66 appointed in this state to petition to transfer the
67 guardianship to another state; providing notice
68 requirements; providing requirements and procedures
69 for the court; specifying conditions before a court
70 issues a final order confirming the transfer and
71 terminating the guardianship; providing a requirement
72 for the guardian in filing a petition for discharge;
73 creating s. 744.91, F.S.; specifying requirements and
74 procedures for the transfer of a guardianship from
75 another state; providing construction; creating s.
76 744.92, F.S.; providing a procedure for registering
77 guardianship orders in this state under certain
78 circumstances; creating s. 744.93, F.S.; providing
79 construction relating to the effect of registering a
80 guardianship order; creating s. 744.94, F.S.;
81 providing construction relating to uniformity of law;
82 creating s. 744.95, F.S.; providing construction
83 relating to the federal Electronic Signatures in
84 Global and National Commerce Act; providing
85 applicability; providing an effective date.
87 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
89 Section 1. Section 744.306, Florida Statutes, is amended to
91 744.306 Authority of guardian to accept payment of debt
92 owed to ward
93 (1) When the residence of a ward of a foreign guardian is
94 moved to this state, the guardian shall, within 60 days after
95 such change of residence, file the authenticated order of her or
96 his appointment with the clerk of the court in the county where
97 the ward resides. Such order shall be recognized and given full
98 faith and credit in the courts of this state. The guardian and
99 the ward are subject to this chapter.
100 (2) A guardian appointed in any state, territory, or
101 country may maintain or defend any action in this state as a
102 representative of her or his ward.
103 (1) (3) A debtor Debtors who has not have received a no
104 written demand for payment from a guardian appointed in this
105 state within 60 days after the appointment of a guardian,
106 curator, conservator, or committee in any state, territory, or
107 country other than this state, and whose property in this state
108 is subject to a mortgage or other lien securing the debt held by
109 the foreign guardian, curator, conservator, or committee, may
110 pay the debt to the foreign guardian, curator, conservator, or
111 committee after the expiration of 60 days from the date of her
112 or his appointment. A satisfaction of the mortgage or lien,
113 executed after the 60 days have expired by the foreign guardian,
114 curator, conservator, or committee, with an authenticated copy
115 of the letters or other evidence of authority of the foreign
116 guardian, curator, conservator, or committee attached, may be
117 recorded in the public records of this state and shall
118 constitute an effective discharge of the mortgage or lien,
119 irrespective of whether the debtor had received written demand
120 before paying the debt.
121 (2) (4) A person All persons indebted to a ward, or having
122 possession of personal property belonging to a ward, who has not
123 have received a no written demand for payment of the
124 indebtedness or the delivery of the property from a guardian
125 appointed in this state is are authorized to pay the
126 indebtedness or to deliver the personal property to the foreign
127 guardian, curator, conservator, or committee after the
128 expiration of the 60 days from the date of her or his
130 Section 2. Paragraph (f) of subsection (1) of section
131 744.363, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
132 744.363 Initial guardianship plan.—
133 (1) The initial guardianship plan shall include all of the
135 (f) A list of any preexisting orders not to resuscitate
136 executed under s. 401.45(3) or preexisting advance directives,
137 as defined in s. 765.101, the date an order or directive was
138 signed, whether such order or directive has been suspended by
139 the court, and a description of the steps taken to identify and
140 locate the preexisting order not to resuscitate or advance
141 directive. If a preexisting order not to resuscitate is
142 disclosed in a court approved initial guardianship plan and has
143 not been suspended by the court, a plenary guardian or a limited
144 guardian of a ward may sign an order not to resuscitate as
145 provided in s. 401.45(3) without prior court approval under s.
147 Section 3. Paragraph (d) of subsection (1) of section
148 744.3675, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
149 744.3675 Annual guardianship plan.—Each guardian of the
150 person must file with the court an annual guardianship plan
151 which updates information about the condition of the ward. The
152 annual plan must specify the current needs of the ward and how
153 those needs are proposed to be met in the coming year.
154 (1) Each plan for an adult ward must, if applicable,
156 (d) A list of any preexisting orders not to resuscitate
157 executed under s. 401.45(3) or preexisting advance directives,
158 as defined in s. 765.101, the date an order or directive was
159 signed, whether such order or directive has been suspended by
160 the court, and a description of the steps taken to identify and
161 locate the preexisting order not to resuscitate or advance
162 directive. If a preexisting order not to resuscitate is
163 disclosed in a court approved annual guardianship plan and has
164 not been suspended by the court, a plenary guardian or a limited
165 guardian of a ward may sign an order not to resuscitate as
166 provided in s. 401.45(3) without prior court approval under s.
168 Section 4. Subsection (2) of section 744.441, Florida
169 Statutes, is amended to read:
170 744.441 Powers of guardian upon court approval.—After
171 obtaining approval of the court pursuant to a petition for
172 authorization to act:
173 (2) A plenary guardian or a limited guardian of a ward may
174 sign an order not to resuscitate as provided in s. 401.45(3).
175 When a plenary guardian or a limited guardian of a ward seeks to
176 obtain approval of the court to sign an order not to
177 resuscitate, if required by exigent circumstances, the court
178 must hold a preliminary hearing within 72 hours after the
179 petition is filed, and:
180 (a) Rule on the relief requested immediately after the
181 preliminary hearing; or
182 (b) Conduct an evidentiary hearing not later than 4 days
183 after the preliminary hearing and rule on the relief requested
184 immediately after the evidentiary hearing.
185 (c) Notwithstanding paragraph (a), if the ward is
186 hospitalized and exigent circumstances exist which do not allow
187 time for the guardian to seek court approval under paragraph
188 (a), without prior court approval, the guardian may consent to
189 an order not to resuscitate being entered in the ward’s chart by
190 a physician provided the hospital ethics committee has met and
191 agrees with the entry of an order not to resuscitate.
192 (d) As soon as reasonable, and not more than 72 hours after
193 signing an order not to resuscitate or consenting to an order
194 being entered in the ward’s chart, the guardian must file notice
195 of such action with the court attaching documentation supporting
196 the decision or a copy of the court’s order issued pursuant to
197 paragraph (a).
198 Section 5. Part IX of chapter 744, Florida Statutes,
199 consisting of ss. 744.74-744.96, Florida Statutes, is created
200 and entitled the “Florida Guardianship Jurisdiction Act.”
201 Section 6. Section 744.74, Florida Statutes, is created to
203 744.74 Short title.—Sections 744.74-744.396 may be cited as
204 the “Florida Guardianship Jurisdiction Act.”
205 Section 7. Section 744.75, Florida Statutes, is created to
207 744.75 Purpose; construction.—The purpose of this part is
208 to provide clear direction to the courts, attorneys, guardians,
209 and individuals about the proper jurisdiction for guardianship
210 proceedings. This part is intended to supplement, but not
211 replace, other parts of this chapter which provide procedures
212 for determining incapacity, appointing guardians, managing
213 estates, and other procedures as governed by this chapter. The
214 general purposes of this part are to:
215 (1) Avoid jurisdictional competition and conflict with
216 courts of other states in matters of guardianship.
217 (2) Establish procedures for transferring guardianship from
218 one state to another state when an adult ward moves.
219 (3) Avoid relitigating the guardianship decisions of other
220 states in this state.
221 (4) Discourage the use of the interstate system for
222 continuing controversies over guardianship.
223 (5) Provide a uniform national system for registration and
224 enforcement of out-of-state orders appointing a guardian.
225 Section 8. Section 744.76, Florida Statutes, is created to
227 744.76 Definitions.—As used in this part, the term:
228 (1) “Home state” means the state in which the respondent
229 was physically present, including any period of temporary
230 absence, for at least 6 consecutive months immediately before
231 the filing of a petition for incapacity, guardianship, or
232 similar petition. If no such state exists, then the home state
233 is the state in which the respondent was physically present,
234 including any period of temporary absence, for at least 6
235 consecutive months ending within the 6 months immediately before
236 the filing of the petition.
237 (2) “Respondent” means an adult who is an alleged
238 incapacitated person or ward.
239 (3) “Significant-connection state” means a state, other
240 than the home state, with which a respondent has a significant
241 connection other than mere physical presence, and in which
242 substantial evidence concerning the respondent is available.
243 (4) “State” means a state of the United States, the
244 District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the United States Virgin
245 Islands, a federally recognized Indian tribe, or any territory
246 or insular possession subject to the jurisdiction of the United
248 Section 9. Section 744.77, Florida Statutes, is created to
250 744.77 International application of part.—A court of this
251 state may treat a foreign country as if it were a state of the
252 United States for purposes of applying this part.
253 Section 10. Section 744.78, Florida Statutes, is created to
255 744.78 Communication between courts.—
256 (1) A court of this state may communicate with a court of
257 another state concerning a proceeding arising under this
258 chapter; however, the court of this state shall make a record of
259 the communication.
260 (2) Communications between courts may not occur without the
261 ability of interested persons to also participate in the
262 communication, either in person or by other means of
263 participation. Interested persons need not be a party to the
264 internal communications between the clerks of the various
266 Section 11. Section 744.79, Florida Statutes, is created to
268 744.79 Cooperation between courts.—
269 (1) In a guardianship proceeding in this state, a court of
270 this state may request the appropriate court of another state to
271 do any of the following:
272 (a) Hold a hearing.
273 (b) Order a person in that state to produce evidence or
274 given testimony pursuant to procedures of that state.
275 (c) Order that an evaluation or assessment be made of the
277 (d) Order any appropriate investigation of a person
278 involved in a proceeding.
279 (e) Forward to the court of this state a certified copy of
280 the transcript or other records of a hearing under paragraph (a)
281 or any other proceeding, any evidence otherwise produced under
282 paragraph (b), and any evaluation or assessment prepared in
283 compliance with an order under paragraph (c) or paragraph (d).
284 (f) Issue any order necessary to assure the appearance in
285 the proceeding of a person whose presence is necessary for the
286 court to make a determination, including the respondent.
287 (g) Issue an order authorizing the release of medical,
288 financial, criminal, or other relevant information in that
289 state, including protected health information as defined in 45
290 C.F.R. s. 160.103.
291 (2) If a court of another state in which a guardianship
292 proceeding is pending requests the kind of assistance described
293 in subsection (1), a court of this state has jurisdiction for
294 the limited purpose of granting the request or making reasonable
295 efforts to comply with the request.
296 Section 12. Section 744.80, Florida Statutes, is created to
298 744.80 Taking testimony in another state.—
299 (1) In a guardianship proceeding, upon agreement of all the
300 parties, a court of this state may permit a witness located in
301 another state to be deposed or to testify by telephone,
302 audiovisual, or other electronic means.
303 (2) Documentary evidence transmitted from another state to
304 a court of this state by technological means which does not
305 produce an original writing may be excluded from evidence after
306 a judicial determination of admissibility.
307 Section 13. Section 744.81, Florida Statutes, is created to
309 744.81 Significant-connection factors.—In determining
310 whether a respondent has a significant connection with a
311 particular state, the court shall consider the following:
312 (1) The location of the respondent’s family and other
313 persons required to be notified of the guardianship proceeding.
314 (2) The length of time that the respondent was physically
315 present in the state at any point in time and the duration of
316 any absence.
317 (3) The location of the respondent’s property.
318 (4) The extent to which the respondent has ties to the
319 state, such as voting registration, state or local tax return
320 filing, vehicle registration, driver license, social
321 relationships, and receipt of services.
322 Section 14. Section 744.82, Florida Statutes, is created to
324 744.82 Exclusive basis for jurisdiction.—This part provides
325 the exclusive jurisdictional basis for a court of this state to
326 appoint a guardian for an adult. If the courts of this state
327 have jurisdiction, the appropriate venue shall be determined as
328 provided in s. 744.1097.
329 Section 15. Section 744.83, Florida Statutes, is created to
331 744.83 Jurisdiction.—A court of this state has jurisdiction
332 to determine incapacity, appoint a guardian, or undertake
333 similar proceedings if any of the following applies:
334 (1) This state is the respondent’s home state.
335 (2) On the date a petition is filed, this state is a
336 significant-connection state and:
337 (a) The respondent does not have a home state, or a court
338 of the respondent’s home state has declined to exercise
339 jurisdiction because this state is a more appropriate forum; or
340 (b) The respondent has a home state but a petition for an
341 appointment or order is not pending in a court of that state or
342 another significant-connection state, and before the court of
343 this state makes the appointment or issues an order:
344 1. A petition to determine incapacity, appoint a guardian,
345 or other similar proceeding is not filed in the respondent’s
346 home state;
347 2. An objection to the jurisdiction of the court of this
348 state is not filed by a person required to be notified of the
349 proceeding; and
350 3. The court of this state concludes that it is the
351 appropriate forum after considering the factors set forth in s.
353 (3) This state does not have jurisdiction under subsection
354 (1) or subsection (2), the respondent’s home state and all
355 significant-connection states have declined to exercise
356 jurisdiction because this state is the more appropriate forum,
357 and jurisdiction in this state is consistent with the State
358 Constitution and the United States Constitution.
359 (4) The requirements for special jurisdiction under s.
360 744.84 are met.
361 Section 16. Section 744.84, Florida Statutes, is created to
363 744.84 Special jurisdiction.—
364 (1) A court of this state has jurisdiction to do the
366 (a) In accordance with this chapter, appoint an emergency
367 temporary guardian pursuant to s. 744.3031 for a person who is
368 physically present in this state.
369 (b) Appoint a guardian for a ward for whom a provisional
370 order to transfer the proceeding from another state has been
372 (2) If a petition for the appointment of an emergency
373 temporary guardian is brought in this state and this state is
374 not the respondent’s home state on the date that the petition is
375 filed, the court must dismiss the proceeding at the request of
376 the court of the home state, if any such request is made, only
377 after a hearing and judicial determination of the appropriate
378 forum of the alleged incapacitated person based on those factors
379 as set forth in s. 744.86, whether by the home state or this
380 state. If, after the hearing, the home state and this state
381 differ in their determination of which is the appropriate forum,
382 the determination of the home state shall prevail, whether
383 dismissal is requested before or after the emergency
385 Section 17. Section 744.85, Florida Statutes, is created to
387 744.85 Exclusive and continuing jurisdiction.—Except as
388 otherwise provided in s. 744.84, a court that has appointed a
389 guardian consistent with this part has exclusive and continuing
390 jurisdiction over the proceeding only until a determination is
391 made as to the proper jurisdiction of the action, the
392 jurisdiction is terminated by the court, or the appointment or
393 order expires by its own terms.
394 Section 18. Section 744.86, Florida Statutes, is created to
396 744.86 Appropriate forum.—
397 (1) A court of this state having jurisdiction to appoint a
398 guardian may decline to exercise its jurisdiction if it
399 determines at any time that a court of another state is a more
400 appropriate forum.
401 (2) If a court of this state declines to exercise its
402 jurisdiction under subsection (1), it must dismiss or stay the
403 proceeding. The court may impose any condition that the court
404 considers just and proper, including requiring that a petition
405 for the appointment of a guardian or issuance of similar
406 petition be filed promptly in another state.
407 (3) In determining whether it is an appropriate forum, the
408 court shall consider all relevant factors, including:
409 (a) Any expressed preference of the respondent.
410 (b) Whether abuse, neglect, or exploitation of the
411 respondent has occurred or is likely to occur, and which state
412 could best protect the respondent from the abuse, neglect, or
414 (c) The length of time the respondent was physically
415 present in or was a legal resident of this or another state.
416 (d) The distance of the respondent from the court in each
418 (e) The financial circumstances of the respondent’s estate.
419 (f) The nature and location of the evidence.
420 (g) The ability of the court in each state to decide the
421 issue expeditiously and the procedures necessary to present
423 (h) The familiarity of the court of each state with the
424 facts and issues in the proceeding.
425 (i) If an appointment was made, the court’s ability to
426 monitor the conduct of the guardian or conservator.
427 Section 19. Section 744.87, Florida Statutes, is created to
429 744.87 Jurisdiction declined by reason of conduct.—
430 (1) If at any time a court of this state determines that it
431 acquired jurisdiction to appoint a guardian because a person
432 seeking to invoke its jurisdiction engaged in bad faith or
433 unlawful conduct, the court may:
434 (a) Decline to exercise jurisdiction; or
435 (b) Exercise jurisdiction for the limited purpose of
436 fashioning an appropriate remedy to ensure the health, safety,
437 and welfare of the respondent or protecting the respondent’s
438 property, or both, including staying the proceeding until a
439 petition for the appointment of a guardian is filed in a court
440 of another state having jurisdiction.
441 (2) If a court of this state determines that it acquired
442 jurisdiction to appoint a guardian because a person seeking to
443 invoke its jurisdiction engaged in bad faith or unlawful
444 conduct, it may assess that person necessary and reasonable
445 expenses, including attorney fees, investigative fees, court
446 costs, communication expenses, witness fees and expenses, and
447 travel expenses. The court may not assess fees, costs, or
448 expenses of any kind against this state or a governmental
449 subdivision, agency, or instrumentality of this state unless
450 otherwise expressly authorized by law.
451 Section 20. Section 744.88, Florida Statutes, is created to
453 744.88 Notice of proceeding.—If a petition for the
454 appointment of a guardian is brought in this state and this
455 state is not the respondent’s home state on the date that the
456 petition was filed, the petitioner must provide notice of the
457 petition to those persons who would be entitled to notice of the
458 petition in this state and in the respondent’s home state.
459 Section 21. Section 744.89, Florida Statutes, is created to
461 744.89 Proceedings in more than one state.—Except for a
462 petition for the appointment of an emergency temporary guardian,
463 if a petition for the appointment of a guardian is filed in this
464 state and in another state and neither petition has been
465 dismissed or withdrawn, the following rules apply:
466 (1) If the court of this state has jurisdiction under this
467 chapter, it may proceed with the case unless a court of another
468 state acquires jurisdiction before the appointment of the
469 guardian or issuance of the order.
470 (2) If the court of this state does not have jurisdiction
471 under this chapter after a hearing and judicial determination of
472 same, whether at the time the petition is filed or at any time
473 before the appointment of a guardian or issuance of an order,
474 the court must stay the proceeding and communicate with the
475 court of the other state. If the court of the other state has
476 jurisdiction after a hearing and judicial determination of same,
477 the court of this state must dismiss the petition unless the
478 court of the other state determines that the court of this state
479 is a more appropriate forum.
480 Section 22. Section 744.90, Florida Statutes, is created to
482 744.90 Transfer of guardianship to another state.—
483 (1) A guardian appointed in this state may petition the
484 court to transfer the guardianship to another state as provided
485 in s. 744.1098(1).
486 (2) Notice of a petition under subsection (1) must be given
487 to the ward and all of the next of kin of the ward.
488 (3) On the court’s own motion or upon request of the
489 guardian, the ward, or both, the court shall hold a hearing on a
490 petition filed under subsection (1).
491 (4) The court may issue an order provisionally granting a
492 petition to transfer a guardianship and shall direct the
493 guardian to petition for guardianship in the other state if the
494 court is satisfied that the guardianship will likely be accepted
495 by the court of the other state and the court finds that:
496 (a) The ward is physically present in or is reasonably
497 expected to move permanently to the other state;
498 (b) An objection to the transfer has not been made or, if
499 an objection has been made, the objector has not established
500 that the transfer would be contrary to the best interests of the
501 ward ; and
502 (c) Plans for care and services for the ward in the other
503 state are reasonable and sufficient.
504 (5) The court shall issue a final order confirming the
505 transfer and terminating the guardianship upon its receipt of:
506 (a) A provisional order accepting the proceeding from the
507 court to which the proceeding is to be transferred and issued
508 under provisions similar to s. 744.89; and
509 (b) The documents required, including any required
510 accountings, to terminate a guardianship in this state.
511 (6) The guardian of the ward in this state shall file a
512 petition for discharge in accordance with part VII of this
513 chapter within 60 days after receipt of an order confirming the
514 transfer of the guardianship to another jurisdiction.
515 Section 23. Section 744.91, Florida Statutes, is created to
517 744.91 Accepting guardianship transferred from another
519 (1) Within 60 days after the residence of a ward of a
520 foreign guardian is moved to this state, the foreign guardian
521 appointed in another state shall file a petition to determine
522 incapacity and a petition to appoint a guardian with the clerk
523 of court in the county in which the ward resides. The petitions
524 must include a certified copy of the other state’s provisional
525 order of transfer, in addition to a certified copy of the
526 guardian’s letters of guardianship or the equivalent.
527 (2) Notice of the petitions under subsection (1) must be
528 given to those persons who would be entitled to notice in this
529 state in the same manner as notice is required to be given in
530 this state and the respondent’s home state.
531 (3) The court shall hold a hearing on the petitions filed
532 pursuant to the procedures set forth in this chapter.
533 (4) The court shall issue orders provisionally granting the
534 petitions unless:
535 (a) An objection is made and the objector establishes that
536 transfer of the proceeding would be contrary to the best
537 interests of the ward; or
538 (b) The guardian is ineligible for appointment in this
540 (5) Until such time as a guardian is appointed in this
541 state for the ward or the ward is determined to not require a
542 guardian in this state, the foreign guardian’s authority is
543 recognized and given full faith and credit in the courts of this
544 state, provided that the guardian is qualified to serve as the
545 guardian of the ward in this state. A foreign guardian who fails
546 to comply with the requirements of this section has no authority
547 to act on behalf of the ward in this state.
548 (6) After appointment of a guardian in this state, the
549 court may issue such orders as necessary to complete the
550 transfer of the foreign guardianship to this state or the
551 termination of the foreign guardianship, as may be required.
552 (7) The authority of the guardian of a nonresident ward
553 shall be recognized and given full faith and credit in the
554 courts of this state. A guardian appointed in another state or
555 country may maintain or defend any action in this state as a
556 representative of the ward unless a guardian has been appointed
557 in this state.
558 Section 24. Section 744.92, Florida Statutes, is created to
560 744.92 Registration of guardianship orders.—If a guardian
561 has been appointed in another state and a petition for the
562 appointment of a guardianship is not pending in this state, the
563 guardian appointed in the other state, after giving notice of
564 the appointment to the appointing court of the intent to
565 register, may register the guardianship order in this state by
566 filing it as a foreign judgment in a court of this state
567 pursuant to ss. 744.307 and 744.308.
568 Section 25. Section 744.93, Florida Statutes, is created to
570 744.93 Effect of registration.—Upon registration of an
571 order from another state appointing a guardian, the guardian or
572 conservator may exercise in this state all powers authorized in
573 the order of appointment except as prohibited under the laws of
574 this state and, if the guardian is not a resident of this state,
575 subject to any conditions imposed upon nonresident parties.
576 Section 26. Section 744.94, Florida Statutes, is created to
578 744.94 Uniformity of application and construction.—In
579 applying and construing this part, consideration must be given
580 to the need to promote uniformity of the law with respect to its
581 subject matter among states that enact it.
582 Section 27. Section 744.95, Florida Statutes, is created to
584 744.95 Relation to federal Electronic Signatures in Global
585 and National Commerce Act.—This part modifies, limits, and
586 supersedes the federal Electronic Signatures in Global and
587 National Commerce Act, 15 U.S.C. s. 7001 et seq., but does not
588 modify, limit, or supersede s. 101(c) of that act, 15 U.S.C. s.
589 7001(c), or authorize electronic delivery of any of the notices
590 described in s. 103(b) of that act, 15 U.S.C. s. 7003(b).
591 Section 28. This act applies to new and existing
592 guardianship proceedings on or after July 1, 2022.
593 Section 29. This act shall take effect July 1, 2022.