Daniel B. Merritt, Jr.

Chief Judge

Judicial Assistant: Joyce Weeks
Fax: 352-754-4265

Incapacity Information

3/06/2023: The Order Appointing the Examining Committee was updated for Hernando County. A place holder was added for exam committee member email addresses on page 1 and a reference was added to the Alleged Incapacitated Person Cover Sheet on page 2. The Hernando County Clerk’s Office will start emailing the exam committee documents to allow the exam committee more time to schedule evaluations. Click here for the updated Hernando County incapacity forms.

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