Thank you for your reply.
I am sorry for the delay in responding, but like you mentioned above, I too was a bit under the weather yesterday and had to stop working early and just go lay down because I couldn't hold my head up and I couldn't stop coughing. These colds can knock you out.
Okay, so you are worried of your step mother cleaning out your father's assets AND on top of that, and perhaps more importantly, she is not physically and mentally competent to care for him since her stroke (this is the strongest argument).
The issue you have is you will have to physically go to FL to fight this in court and the FL courts require an attorney representing someone in a guardianship case. The reasons an attorney needs to be involved is that the court needs to insure that there is no improper purpose in the guardianship request, but again you are not physically in FL so you cannot represent yourself pro se anyhow, because while you could get appointed guardian, there would need to be someone in FL as well to carry out your wishes as to your father when you are not present in the state.
The fact she is not physically or mentally capable of taking guardianship over him would be a very strong argument that she is not competent to care for his affairs. If you have any evidence that she has improperly used his assets, you can use that as a part of your argument but the lack of competence is still stronger. If she is actually abusing him, you also can contact FL Adult Protective Services and they will step in and will investigate to protect him from any abuse from her, physical and financial.
So you are going to be filing 1) an answer to her petition and 2) a counterclaim for guardianship against her. Again, doing this from WA and you are not present in FL is not going to work with you being pro se, you will need a FL attorney to step in and represent you if you really want a stronger chance of success.
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