2010 Tennessee Code
Title 34 - Guardianship
Chapter 1 - Guardianships and Conservatorships Generally
34-1-101 - Chapter 1-3 definitions.
34-1-101. Chapter 1-3 definitions.
As used in this chapter and chapters 2 and 3 of this title, unless the context otherwise requires:
(1) Adversary counsel means a private lawyer hired by a respondent to represent the respondent's interest in any action under this chapter and chapters 2 and 3 of this title;
(2) Attorney ad litem means an attorney appointed by the court to act as counsel for the respondent;
(3) Closest relative or closest relatives means the person or persons who are in the level of intestate heirs nearest to the respondent under the Tennessee laws of intestate succession. If there are two (2) or more closest relatives, all such persons shall be treated equally;
(4) Conservator or coconservator means a person or persons appointed by the court to provide partial or full supervision, protection and assistance of the person or property, or both, of a disabled person;
(5) Corporate surety means a corporation admitted to do business in the state of Tennessee and licensed under title 56, chapter 2;
(6) Court means any court having jurisdiction to hear matters concerning guardians or conservators;
(7) Disabled person means any person eighteen (18) years of age or older determined by the court to be in need of partial or full supervision, protection and assistance by reason of mental illness, physical illness or injury, developmental disability or other mental or physical incapacity;
(8) Fiduciary means a guardian, coguardian, conservator or coconservator;
(9) Financial institution means a bank as defined by § 45-2-107, a savings and loan association as defined by § 45-3-104, a credit union subject to title 45, chapter 4, a brokerage firm whose accounts are insured by the Security Protection Insurance Corporation, or a nonprofit general welfare corporation as defined in § 45-2-105;
(10) Guardian or coguardian means a person or persons appointed by the court to provide partial or full supervision, protection and assistance of the person or property, or both, of a minor;
(11) Guardian ad litem means a person meeting the qualifications set forth in § 34-1-107(c) appointed by the court to represent the respondent and perform the duties set forth in § 34-1-107(d);
(12) Minor means any person who has not attained eighteen (18) years of age and who has not otherwise been emancipated;
(13) Person means any individual, nonhuman entity or governmental agency;
(14) Physician means a medical doctor or doctor of osteopathic medicine who is licensed to practice medicine in the state of Tennessee;
(15) Property management plan means the plan submitted by the fiduciary for the investment and management of the property of a minor or disabled person;
(16) Psychologist means a psychologist who is licensed to practice in the state of Tennessee; and
(17) Respondent means a person who is a minor or is alleged to be a disabled person for whom a fiduciary is being sought.
[Acts 1992, ch. 794, § 2; 1994, ch. 901, § 4; 1996, ch. 811, § 1; T.C.A. § 34-11-101.]
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