2018 Colorado Revised Statutes
Title 15 - Probate, Trusts, and Fiduciaries
Colorado Probate Code
Article 14 - Persons Under Disability - Protection
Part 3 - Guardianship of Incapacitated Person
§ 15-14-305. Preliminaries to hearing

  • (1) Upon receipt of a petition to establish a guardianship, the court shall set a date and time for hearing the petition and appoint a visitor. The duties and reporting requirements of the visitor are limited to the relief requested in the petition. The visitor must be a person who has such training as the court deems appropriate.

  • (2) The court shall appoint a lawyer to represent the respondent in the proceeding if:

    • (a) Requested by the respondent;

    • (b) Recommended by the visitor; or

    • (c) The court determines that the respondent needs representation.

  • (3) The visitor shall interview the respondent in person and, to the extent that the respondent is able to understand:

    • (a) Explain to the respondent the substance of the petition, the nature, purpose, and effect of the proceeding, the respondent's rights at the hearing, and the general powers and duties of a guardian;

    • (b) Determine the respondent's views about the proposed guardian, the proposed guardian's powers and duties, and the scope and duration of the proposed guardianship;

    • (c) Inform the respondent of the right to employ and consult with a lawyer at the respondent's own expense and the right to request a court-appointed lawyer; and

    • (d) Inform the respondent that all costs and expenses of the proceeding, including respondent's attorney fees, will be paid from the respondent's estate unless the court directs otherwise.

  • (4) In addition to the duties imposed by subsection (3) of this section, the visitor shall:

    • (a) Interview the petitioner and the proposed guardian;

    • (b) Visit the respondent's present dwelling and any dwelling in which the respondent will live, if known, if the appointment is made;

    • (c) Obtain information from any physician or other person who is known to have treated, advised, or assessed the respondent's relevant physical or mental condition; and

    • (d) Make any other investigation the court directs.

  • (5) The visitor shall promptly file a report in writing with the court, which must include:

    • (a) A recommendation as to whether a lawyer should be appointed to represent the respondent and whether a guardian ad litem should be appointed to represent the respondent's best interest;

    • (b) A summary of daily functions the respondent can manage without assistance, could manage with the assistance of supportive services or benefits, including use of appropriate technological assistance, and cannot manage;

    • (c) Recommendations regarding the appropriateness of guardianship, including whether less restrictive means of intervention are available, the type of guardianship, and, if a limited guardianship, the powers to be granted to the limited guardian;

    • (d) A statement of the qualifications of the proposed guardian, together with a statement as to whether the respondent approves or disapproves of:

      • (I) The proposed guardian;

      • (II) The powers and duties proposed; and

      • (III) The scope of the guardianship;

    • (e) A statement as to whether the proposed dwelling meets the respondent's individual needs;

    • (f) A recommendation as to whether a professional evaluation or further evaluation is necessary; and

    • (g) Any other matters the court directs.

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