PROBATE OPERATIONS DIVISION
This division manages the Probate and Guardianship Registry which involves Baker Act, Marchman Act, Incapacity, (Chapter 744), and Chapters 393, 394, and 415 cases.
SEEKING APPOINTMENT TO THE REGISTRY
- APPLICATION – To be considered for placement on the Court’s Registry, an attorney must be a member in good standing of The Florida Bar and submit a completed Application to Receive Court Appointed Cases Regarding Mental Health Proceedings, Extraordinary Guardianship Issues, and Other Matters to Director of Probate via email to: ProbateRegistryApp@jud11.flcourts.org . At any time, the Chief Judge may limit the number of attorneys who can be appointed to a specific Registry. Applicants may be denied for not having necessary qualifications, having sustained Florida Bar complaints, or due to any other fact(s) that may affect the applicant’s fitness or ability to serve.
- JAC CONTRACT – Pursuant to § 27.40, Fla. Stat., Registry members must enter into a contract with the Justice Administrative Commission (“JAC”) to be included on a 11th Circuit Registry for appointment as private court-appointed counsel. The JAC contracts expire at the conclusion of the State Fiscal Year (June 30) and must be renewed annually by July 1.
- APPLICATION PERIOD – There will be one annual open-enrollment period, from January 1st through April 30th, for attorneys seeking admission to the Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court’s Registry. Applications for the Registry will be accepted by Court Administration only during the open-enrollment period. The application and instructions for applying shall be posted on the Eleventh Judicial Circuit Courts website by December 31st.
Probate Mental Health & Guardianship Registry - Procedures and Bylaws
Probate Mental Health & Guardianship Registry - Application
Steering Committee Meetings
- Review committee meeting scheduled on June 20, 4:00 p.m.
- RE Complaint, Public Meeting to be held on June 13, 2022 at 9:30 a.m.
- Emergency meeting held on May 25, 2022 at 4:00 p.m.
- Review Committee held on May 9, 2022 at 4:30 p.m.
Probate Specialty Wheel – Attorney must be a member in good standing with The Florida Bar for two years and a member of the General Probate and Guardianship Wheel for two years. Most cases are pro bono, although some may be compensable. (See Administrative Order No. 99-12, as amended by Administrative Order No 99-12 A1.) The areas associated with Wheel are Accounting; Bankruptcy/Receivership; Complex Matters-Guardianship; Complex Matters-Wills, Trusts and Estates; Entitlements; General Probate; Litigation-Wills, Trusts and Estates; Litigation-Guardianships; Real Estate; Taxation; Special Needs Trust. Attorneys who are interested in this Wheel should send an application and two letters of recommendation from attorneys practicing in Miami-Dade County, (not members of the same firm of applicant), to Probate and Guardianship Division Administrative Judge at the Dade County Courthouse, 73 West Flagler Street, Room #310, Miami, Florida 33130 or at (305) 349-7117.
Blocked Accounts/Cuban Heirs Specialty Wheel - In addition to participating in the General Probate Wheel and being fluent in Spanish, Attorneys must have five years of experience in Probate matters, a license from the U.S. Department of Treasury, and must participate in a specialized training and internship program. Presently, attorneys are not being placed on this Wheel due to pending changes in the Department of Treasury's licensing procedures; however, Attorneys who are interested in this Wheel should contact Probate and Guardianship Division Administrative Judge at the Dade County Courthouse, 73 West Flagler Street, Room #310, Miami, Florida 33130 or at (305) 349-7117.
Guardian Advocates Wheel - Attorney must be a participant in the General Probate, Guardianship and Mental Health Wheel, with five years of general probate and guardianship experience and experience in handling Baker Act matters. The attorney must be willing to attend certain prescheduled calendars and perform certain functions as prescribed by State statutes, the Probate Bar and the Court. Attorneys who are interested in this Wheel should contact Probate and Guardianship Division Administrative Judge at the Dade County Courthouse, 73 West Flagler Street, Room # 310, Miami, Florida 33130 or at (305) 349-7117.