2018 Oklahoma Statutes
Title 30. Guardian and Ward
§30-4-105. Inquiry into suitability of person proposed to serve as guardian

Universal Citation: 30 OK Stat § 30-4-105 (2018)

A. In conducting an inquiry to determine whether a person is suitable to serve as a guardian, the court shall determine if:

1. The person proposed to serve as guardian is a minor or an incapacitated or partially incapacitated person;

2. The person proposed to serve as guardian and each adult member of the proposed guardian's household has a record of a criminal conviction, protective order, or pending criminal charge. When requested by the court, the petitioner shall present to the court an Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI) criminal background check for the proposed guardian and any adult household member evidencing no record of a criminal conviction in the OSBI criminal history repository based on the search criteria provided. The petitioner shall disclose the case name and status of any civil or criminal matter in state or federal court involving the proposed guardian or any adult household member of the proposed guardian;

3. The person proposed to serve as guardian is insolvent or has declared bankruptcy during five (5) years prior to the filing of the pleading proposing such person to serve as guardian;

4. The person proposed to serve as guardian is under any financial obligation to the ward; or

5. There exists a conflict of interest which would preclude or be substantially detrimental to the ability of the person to act in the best interest of the subject of the proceeding if such person is appointed.

B. No minor or incapacitated person shall be appointed guardian of an incapacitated or partially incapacitated person.

C. If the person proposed to serve has a criminal conviction, protective order, pending criminal charge, or other civil or criminal matter in state or federal court, the court shall make further inquiry into the nature of such conviction, order, charge or matter and the surrounding circumstances. The court shall appoint such person proposed to serve only upon determining that the facts underlying the circumstances do not give rise to a reasonable belief that the person proposed to serve will be unfaithful to or neglectful of the fiduciary and care responsibilities of the guardian, and that the appointment is in the best interest of the ward.

D. If the person proposed to serve as guardian or limited guardian of the property of an incapacitated or partially incapacitated person is insolvent or has declared bankruptcy within five (5) years prior to the filing of the pleading proposing that such person serve, the court shall appoint such person only after giving due consideration to the nature and extent of the property of the ward and the anticipated actions necessary to manage the estate of the ward, and only upon a determination that such appointment is in the best interest of the ward. Insolvency or bankruptcy shall have no effect on the qualification of a person proposed to serve as guardian or limited guardian of the person of an incapacitated or partially incapacitated person.

E. If the person proposed to serve as guardian or limited guardian of the property of an incapacitated or partially incapacitated person is under any financial obligation to the ward, the court shall make further inquiry into the nature and extent of such obligation. The court shall appoint the person proposed to serve only after a determination that such obligation will not impair the ability of the person proposed to serve to discharge the person's fiduciary responsibilities, and that the appointment is in the best interest of the ward. Being under financial obligation to the ward shall have no effect on the qualification of a person proposed to serve as guardian or limited guardian of the person of an incapacitated or partially incapacitated person.

F. A current or potential conflict of interest which is not substantial and not likely to preclude or impair the ability of a person proposed to serve as a guardian acting in the best interest of the person's ward shall not, by itself, disqualify such person from appointment.

G. Only a person who is a citizen or legal resident of or legally present in the United States of America shall be eligible to be appointed guardian of the property or person of a minor or an incapacitated or partially incapacitated person by the courts of this state, unless the court determines that there are no such qualified individuals available to serve as guardian and that it is in the best interest of the minor or incapacitated or partially incapacitated person to appoint a person without such qualifications.

Added by Laws 1988, c. 329, § 76, eff. Dec. 1, 1988. Amended by Laws 1990, c. 323, § 55, operative July 1, 1990; Laws 2007, c. 364, § 2, emerg. eff. June 4, 2007; Laws 2016, c. 370, § 2, eff. Nov. 1, 2016.

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