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What is the guardianship appointment process in Maryland?

On Behalf of | May 30, 2024 | Elder Law

In a guardianship, the court appoints a competent adult (the guardian) to decide for an incapacitated person (the ward). Since this legal relationship is vital in protecting the interests of incapacitated individuals, what are the requirements for appointing a guardian?

First, any competent adult can be a guardian. They could be a family member, friend or a professional guardian. Then, the court will consider the ward’s preference, the relationship between the proposed guardian and the ward and the proposed guardian’s ability to serve the ward’s best interests. If you are considering guardianship for a family member, how can you navigate this process to ensure their well-being?

Filing a petition

The guardianship process in Maryland begins with filing a petition in court. The petition should have information about the proposed ward, the proposed guardian and why there is a need for a guardian. Also, the petitioner must file two certificates of competency to prove the proposed ward’s incapacity.

Court hearing

After the filing of the petition, the court will hold a hearing. The proposed ward has the right to be at the hearing and have legal representation. Moreover, the court will consider evidence about the proposed ward’s incapacity and the proposed guardian’s suitability.

Appointment of the guardian

If the court decides that the proposed ward is incapacitated and that the proposed guardian is suitable, it will appoint the guardian. As a result, the court will issue an order outlining the guardian’s duties and powers. The guardian must then file a bond with the court to ensure they fulfill their duties.

Ongoing responsibilities

Once appointed, the guardian has several ongoing responsibilities. They must make decisions in the ward’s best interests, keep accurate records and regularly report to the court. If the guardian fails to do their duties, the court can remove them.

Ensuring your family member’s best interests

The guardianship process is a complex yet crucial system that aims to protect those who cannot defend themselves. With legal guidance, you may deal with the intricacies of guardianship law while seeking to ensure the best interests of your family member.