2018 Maine Revised Statutes
TITLE 18-C: PROBATE CODE
Article 5: UNIFORM GUARDIANSHIP AND PROTECTIVE PROCEEDINGS
Part 3: GUARDIANSHIP OF ADULT
18-C §5-315. Special limitations on guardian's power (WHOLE SECTION TEXT EFFECTIVE 7/1/19)

§5-315. Special limitations on guardian's power

(CONTAINS TEXT WITH VARYING EFFECTIVE DATES)

(WHOLE SECTION TEXT EFFECTIVE 7/1/19)

1. Limitations; health care; finances. Unless authorized by the court by specific order, a guardian for an adult does not have the power to revoke or amend a power of attorney for health care or an advance health care directive or power of attorney for finances executed by the adult. If a power of attorney for health care or an advance health care directive is in effect, unless there is a court order to the contrary, a health care decision of an agent takes precedence over that of the guardian and the guardian shall cooperate with the agent to the extent feasible. If a power of attorney for finances is in effect, unless there is a court order to the contrary, a decision by the agent that the agent is authorized to make under the power of attorney for finances takes precedence over that of the guardian and the guardian shall cooperate with the agent to the extent feasible.

[ 2017, c. 402, Pt. A, §2 (NEW); 2017, c. 402, Pt. F, §1 (AFF) .]

2. Commitment to mental health facility. A guardian for an adult may not initiate the commitment of the adult to a mental health facility except in accordance with the State's procedure for involuntary civil commitment under Title 34-B, chapter 3, subchapter 4, article 3.

[ 2017, c. 402, Pt. A, §2 (NEW); 2017, c. 402, Pt. F, §1 (AFF) .]

3. Restrictions on contact. A guardian for an adult may not restrict the ability of the adult to communicate, visit or interact with others, including receiving visitors or making or receiving telephone calls, personal mail or electronic communications, including through social media, or participating in social activities, unless:

A. Authorized by the court by specific order; [2017, c. 402, Pt. A, §2 (NEW); 2017, c. 402, Pt. F, §1 (AFF).]

B. A protective order or a protective arrangement instead of guardianship is in effect that limits contact between the adult and a person; or [2017, c. 402, Pt. A, §2 (NEW); 2017, c. 402, Pt. F, §1 (AFF).]

C. The guardian has good cause to believe restriction is necessary because interaction with the person poses a risk of significant physical, psychological or financial harm to the adult and the restriction is:

(1) For a period of not more than 7 business days if the person has a family or preexisting social relationship with the adult; or

(2) For a period of not more than 60 days if the person does not have a family or preexisting social relationship with the adult. [2017, c. 402, Pt. A, §2 (NEW); 2017, c. 402, Pt. F, §1 (AFF).]

[ 2017, c. 402, Pt. A, §2 (NEW); 2017, c. 402, Pt. F, §1 (AFF) .]

SECTION HISTORY

2017, c. 402, Pt. A, §2 (NEW). 2017, c. 402, Pt. F, §1 (AFF).

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