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What is the Marchman Act?

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The Marchman Act is a law in the state of Florida that’s available to families and loved ones of people that are addicted to either drugs or alcohol, that need help and they don’t know that they need help. The law allows these family members and friends to essentially involuntarily commit them to a… Read More »

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What are the criteria to prove a Marchman Act case?

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In Florida, the Marchman Act requires a petitioner to file a petition that alleges a person has a substance abuse problem and that, as a result of that substance abuse problem, they are a danger to themselves or others, or the substance that they are abusing has so clouded their judgment that they are… Read More »

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How is the Marchman Act different than the Baker Act?

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The Marchman Act is set up to assist families and loved ones in helping individuals with drug abuse issues that rise to a certain level. The Baker Act is a statute that is geared towards those individuals that have mental health illness or are intellectually disabled and they aren’t able to care for themselves… Read More »

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Do I need an attorney to file a Marchman Act petition?

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No, you do not. However, it is a very complicated law and it requires strict compliance in filing that petition, to the extent that, you do not do that, it’ll be thrown out.

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