2019 Delaware Code
Title 12 - Decedents' Estates and Fiduciary Relations
Chapter 39. Guardianship
Subchapter II Powers and Duties of Guardian
§ 3922 General powers and duties of the guardian of the person.

Universal Citation: 12 DE Code § 3922 (2019)

(a) The Court shall grant to the guardian of the person such powers, rights and duties which are necessary to protect, manage and care for the person with a disability. The Court may at any time change the powers of the guardian of the person.

(b) The guardian of the person may exercise the same powers, rights and duties respecting the care, maintenance and treatment of the person with a disability that a parent has respecting the parent’s own unemancipated minor child, except that the guardian of the person is not liable to third persons for acts of the person with a disability solely by reason of the guardianship relationship. Except as modified by the order of guardianship and without qualifying the foregoing, a guardian of the person has the following powers and duties:

(1) To the extent that it is consistent with the terms of any order by a court of competent jurisdiction relating to detention or commitment of the person with a disability, the guardian is entitled to custody of the person with a disability and may establish the place of abode for the person with a disability within or without this State. The guardian may not waive any right of the person with a disability respecting involuntary commitment to any facility for the treatment of mental illness or deficiency.

(2) If entitled to custody of the person with a disability, the guardian shall make provision for the care, comfort and maintenance of the person with a disability and, if appropriate, arrange for the training and education of the person with the disability. Without regard to custodial rights of the person with a disability, the guardian shall take reasonable care of the clothing, furniture, vehicle and other personal effects in the immediate possession of the person with a disability and commence guardianship of the property proceedings if other property of the person with a disability is in need of protection.

(3) The guardian may give such consent or approval as may be necessary to enable the person with a disability to receive medical or other professional care, counsel, treatment or service and shall have power to authorize release of medical records. The guardian shall not unreasonably withhold such consent or approval nor withhold such consent or approval on account of personal beliefs held by the guardian or the person with a disability, but shall take such action as the guardian objectively believes to be in the best interest of the person with a disability.

(c) A guardian of the person of a person with a disability for whom a guardian of the property also has been appointed shall control the custody and care of the person with a disability and is entitled to receive reasonable compensation for the guardian’s services and for room and board furnished to the person with a disability as approved by the Court. Compensation of the public guardian shall be governed by § 3984 of this title. The guardian of the person may request the guardian of the property to make payment to third parties or institutions for the care and maintenance of the person with a disability.

(d) The guardian of the person shall not be required to expend the guardian’s own money for the support or care of the person with a disability.

69 Del. Laws, c. 109, § 2; 70 Del Laws, c. 186, § 1; 78 Del. Laws, c. 40, § 1; 79 Del. Laws, c. 371, § 11.

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