Rule 5.030. Attorneys

(a)     Required; Exception. Every guardian and every personal representative, unless the personal representative remains the sole interested person, shall be represented by an attorney admitted to practice in Florida. A guardian or personal representative who is an attorney admitted to practice in Florida may represent himself or herself as guardian or personal representative. A guardian advocate is not required to be represented by an attorney unless otherwise required by law or the court.

(b)     Limited Appearance without Court Order. An attorney of record for an interested person in a proceeding governed by these rules shall be the attorney of record in all other proceedings in the administration of the same estate or guardianship, except service of process in an independent action on a claim, unless at the time of appearance the attorney files a notice specifically limiting the attorney’s appearance only to the particular proceeding or matter in which the attorney appears. At the conclusion of that proceeding or matter, the attorneys role terminates upon the attorney filing notice of completion of limited appearance and serving a copy on the client and other interested persons.

(c)     Withdrawal or Limited Appearance with Court Order. An attorney of record may withdraw or limit the attorney’s appearance with approval of the court, after filing a motion setting forth the reasons and serving a copy on the client and other interested persons.

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