2010 Idaho Code
TITLE 15 UNIFORM PROBATE CODE
CHAPTER 5 PROTECTION OF PERSONS UNDER DISABILITY AND THEIR PROPERTY
PART 4. PROTECTION OF PROPERTY OF PERSONS UNDER DISABILITY AND MINORS
15-5-434 GUARDIAN AD LITEM -- DUTIES.

TITLE 15

UNIFORM PROBATE CODE

CHAPTER 5

PROTECTION OF PERSONS UNDER DISABILITY AND THEIR PROPERTY

PART 4.

PROTECTION OF PROPERTY OF PERSONS UNDER DISABILITY AND MINORS

15-5-434. Guardian ad litem -- Duties. Subject to the direction of the court, the guardian ad litem shall have the following duties, which shall continue until the resignation of the guardian ad litem or until the court removes the guardian ad litem or no longer has jurisdiction, whichever occurs first:

(1) To conduct an independent factual investigation of the circumstances of the protected person including, without limitation, the circumstances described in the petition;

(2) To file with the court a written report stating the results of the investigation, the guardian ad litem’s recommendations, and such other information as the court may require. The guardian ad litem’s written report shall be delivered to the court, with copies to all parties to the case, at least five (5) days before the date set for the adjudicatory hearing;

(3) To act as an advocate for the protected person for whom appointed at each stage of the proceedings under this chapter and to be charged with the general representation of the protected person. To that end, the guardian ad litem shall participate fully in the proceedings to the degree necessary to adequately represent the protected person, and shall be entitled to confer with the protected person and the protected person’s immediate family including, but not limited to, spouse, parents, siblings, children and next of kin;

(4) To facilitate and negotiate to ensure that the court, the department of health and welfare, if applicable, and the protected person’s attorney, if any, each fulfill their obligations to the protected person in a timely fashion;

(5) To monitor the circumstances of a protected person, if the protected person is found to be within the purview of this chapter, to assure compliance with the law, and to assure that the terms of the court’s orders are being fulfilled and remain in the best interest of the protected person;

(6) To meet any parent or other person having legal or physical custody of the protected person, record the concerns of the parent, and report them to the court or, if no such meeting occurs, file an affidavit stating why no meeting occurred;

(7) To maintain all information regarding the case confidential and to not disclose such information except to the court or to other parties to the case;

(8) To determine whether existing powers, trusts, and other measures may adequately give the protected person the legal protection otherwise provided by a conservator, or whether such powers, trusts or other measures could be reasonably created and, if so, to recommend that either no conservatorship be granted or that only a suitably limited conservatorship be granted; and

(9) To exercise such other and further duties as may be expressly imposed by court order.


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