ESTATES AND PROTECTED INDIVIDUALS CODE (EXCERPT)
Act 386 of 1998
700.5303 Court appointment of guardian of incapacitated person; petition; alternatives to appointment of full guardian; hearing.
(1) An individual in his or her own behalf, or any person interested in the individual's welfare, may petition for a finding of incapacity and appointment of a guardian. The petition shall contain specific facts about the individual's condition and specific examples of the individual's recent conduct that demonstrate the need for a guardian's appointment.
(2) Before a petition is filed under this section, the court shall provide the person intending to file the petition with written information that sets forth alternatives to appointment of a full guardian, including, but not limited to, a limited guardian, conservator, patient advocate designation, do-not-resuscitate order, or durable power of attorney with or without limitations on purpose, authority, or time period, and an explanation of each alternative.
(3) Upon the filing of a petition under subsection (1), the court shall set a date for hearing on the issue of incapacity. Unless the allegedly incapacitated individual has legal counsel of his or her own choice, the court shall appoint a guardian ad litem to represent the person in the proceeding.
History: 1998, Act 386, Eff. Apr. 1, 2000
Am. 2000, Act 468, Eff. June 1, 2001
Am. 2013, Act 157, Eff. Feb. 3, 2014
Popular Name: EPIC
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