2021 Maine Revised Statutes
TITLE 18-C: PROBATE CODE
Article 5: MAINE UNIFORM GUARDIANSHIP, CONSERVATORSHIP AND PROTECTIVE PROCEEDINGS
Part 3: GUARDIANSHIP OF ADULT
18-C §5-318. Removal of guardian for adult; appointment of successor

§5-318. Removal of guardian for adult; appointment of successor

1.  Removal; successor.  The court may remove a guardian for an adult for failure to perform the guardian's duties or for other good cause and appoint a successor guardian to assume the duties of guardian.  

[PL 2017, c. 402, Pt. A, §2 (NEW); PL 2019, c. 417, Pt. B, §14 (AFF).]

2.  Hearing.  The court shall conduct a hearing to determine whether to remove a guardian for an adult and appoint a successor on:  

A. Petition of the adult, the guardian or a person interested in the welfare of the adult that contains allegations that, if true, would support a reasonable belief that removal of the guardian and appointment of a successor may be appropriate, but the court may decline to hold a hearing if a petition based on the same or substantially similar facts was filed within the preceding 6 months;   [PL 2017, c. 402, Pt. A, §2 (NEW); PL 2019, c. 417, Pt. B, §14 (AFF).]

B. Communication from the adult, the guardian or a person interested in the welfare of the adult that supports a reasonable belief that removal of the guardian and appointment of a successor may be appropriate; or   [PL 2017, c. 402, Pt. A, §2 (NEW); PL 2019, c. 417, Pt. B, §14 (AFF).]

C. Determination by the court that a hearing would be in the best interest of the adult.   [PL 2017, c. 402, Pt. A, §2 (NEW); PL 2019, c. 417, Pt. B, §14 (AFF).]

[PL 2017, c. 402, Pt. A, §2 (NEW); PL 2019, c. 417, Pt. B, §14 (AFF).]

3.  Notice.  Notice of a petition under subsection 2, paragraph A must be given to the adult subject to guardianship, the guardian and such other persons as the court determines.  

[PL 2017, c. 402, Pt. A, §2 (NEW); PL 2019, c. 417, Pt. B, §14 (AFF).]

4.  Attorney for the adult.  An adult subject to guardianship who seeks to remove the guardian and have a successor appointed has a right to choose an attorney to represent the adult. If the adult subject to guardianship is not represented by an attorney, the court shall appoint an attorney under the same conditions as in section 5-305. The court shall award reasonable attorney's fees to the attorney for the adult as provided in section 5-119.  

[PL 2017, c. 402, Pt. A, §2 (NEW); PL 2019, c. 417, Pt. B, §14 (AFF).]

5.  Procedure to select successor.  In selecting a successor guardian of an adult subject to guardianship, the court shall follow the procedures under section 5-309.  

[PL 2017, c. 402, Pt. A, §2 (NEW); PL 2019, c. 417, Pt. B, §14 (AFF).]

6.  Notice of appointment of successor.  Not later than 30 days after appointing a successor guardian, the court shall give notice of the appointment to the adult subject to guardianship and all persons entitled to the notice under section 5-310, subsection 5 or a subsequent order.  

[PL 2017, c. 402, Pt. A, §2 (NEW); PL 2019, c. 417, Pt. B, §14 (AFF).]

SECTION HISTORY

PL 2017, c. 402, Pt. A, §2 (NEW). PL 2017, c. 402, Pt. F, §1 (AFF). PL 2019, c. 417, Pt. B, §14 (AFF).

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