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Court Approvals

Anyone under eighteen years of age in Florida is considered a minor. Minors are not legally capable to settle personal injury claims and need to have a legal guardian appointed to act in their interests. Sadly, these guardians may not always have the child’s best interest in mind, so Florida set up guidelines to guarantee that any net settlement exceeding $15,000 is spent on the child’s care. Under these guidelines, a settlement must be approved by the civil court to make sure that the settlement is in the minor’s best interest. The court also appoints a neutral guardian at litem to represent the minor’s interest