2018 Indiana Code
TITLE 29. Probate
ARTICLE 1. PROBATE CODE
CHAPTER 19. Department of Veterans Affairs
29-1-19-5. Petition for appointment
Sec. 5. (a) A petition for the appointment of a guardian may be filed by any relative or friend of the incapacitated person or minor or by any person who is authorized by law to file such a petition. If there is no person authorized to file or if the person authorized to file refuses or fails to file a petition within thirty (30) days after mailing of notice by the Department to the last known address of the person, if any, indicating the necessity for the filing of a petition, a petition for appointment may be filed by any resident of Indiana.
(b) The petition for appointment shall set forth the name, age, place of residence of the protected person, the name and place of residence of the nearest relative, if known, and the fact that the protected person is entitled to receive benefits payable by or through the Department and shall set forth the amount of money then due and the amount of probable future payments.
(c) The petition shall also set forth the name and address of the person or institution, if any, having actual custody of the protected person and the name, age, relationship, if any, occupation, and address of the proposed guardian, and, if the nominee is a natural person, the number of protected persons for whom the nominee is presently acting as guardian. Notwithstanding any law as to priority of persons entitled to appointment, or the nomination in the petition, the court may appoint some other individual or a bank or trust company as guardian, if the court determines it is for the best interest of the protected person.
(d) In the case of an incapacitated person the petition shall show that the person has been rated incapacitated by the Department on examination in accordance with the laws and regulations governing the Department.
Formerly: Acts 1953, c.112, s.2005. As amended by P.L.33-1989, SEC.43.