MonarchCare, Inc. v. Guardianship of Block
MonarchCare, Inc. v. Guardianship of Block , 204 So.3d 508 (Fla. 4th DCA 2016) In what seems to be a growing trend of appellate decisions involving guardianship fees, this decision involves a trial court's decision to reduce a professional guardian's hourly rate. Here, a professional guardian and an individual served as co-guardians of a ward. The professional guardian billed at its standard hourly rate of $95 per hour, while the individual co-guardian billed at a rate of about $45-$50 per hour. At an earlier hearing, the trial court granted a pending fee request for $95 per hour for the professional guardian, but prospectively capped both guardians fees at $45 per hour. Subsequent to the entry of that order, a new judge took over the case, and the professional guardian made another request for its fees at $95 per hour. Following an evidentiary hearing, the new judge reduced the professional guardian's rate to $45 per hour. The professional guardian appealed.