2018 Oklahoma Statutes
Title 30. Guardian and Ward
§30-1-103. Purpose of Act - Legislative intent.

Universal Citation: 30 OK Stat § 30-1-103 (2018)

A. It is the purpose of the Oklahoma Guardianship Act to promote the general welfare of all citizens by establishing a system of general and limited guardianships for minors and for incapacitated and partially incapacitated persons which provides for the protection of their rights and the management of their financial resources.

B. It is the purpose of the system of general and limited guardianships for incapacitated and partially incapacitated persons established by this act to provide for the participation of such persons, as fully as possible, in the decisions which affect them. It is the intent of the Oklahoma State Legislature:

1. That the court shall exercise the authority conferred by the Oklahoma Guardianship Act so as to encourage the development of maximum self-reliance and independence of the incapacitated or partially incapacitated person and make appointive and other orders only to the extent necessitated by the mental and adaptive limitations or other condition of the incapacitated or partially incapacitated person warranting the procedure;

2. That in performing their duties and exercising their powers, guardians and limited guardians of incapacitated or partially incapacitated persons shall:

a.assure, to the extent reasonably possible, that the rights of the wards for whom they are appointed are protected;

b.encourage, to the extent reasonably possible, incapacitated or partially incapacitated persons to participate to the maximum extent of their abilities in all decisions which affect them and to act on their own behalf on all matters in which they are able to do so within the limitations imposed by the court; and

c.as appropriate, assist their wards to develop or regain to the maximum extent possible their capacity to meet the essential requirements for their health or safety, or to manage their financial resources or both.

Added by Laws 1988, c. 329, § 3, eff. Dec. 1, 1988.

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