Rule 5.552. Voluntary Guardianship of Property

(a)     Petition for Appointment of Guardian. The petition for voluntary guardianship shall be verified by the petitioner and shall state:

(1)     the facts to establish venue;

(2)     the petitioner’s residence and post office address;

(3)     that the petitioner although mentally competent is incapable of the care, custody, and management of the petitioner’s estate by reason of age or physical infirmity, and is voluntarily petitioning to have a guardian of the petitioner’s property appointed;

(4)     whether the guardianship shall apply to all of the petitioner’s property or less than all of the petitioner’s property; and if less than all of the petitioner’s property, the specific property to which the guardianship is to apply;

(5)     the name and residence and post office address of any proposed guardian;

(6)     that the proposed guardian is qualified to serve or that a willing and qualified proposed guardian has not been located; and

(7)     the names and post office addresses of persons to whom the petitioner requests that notice of the hearing for the appointment of the guardian, and any petition for authority to act, be given.

(b)     Certificate of Licensed Physician. The petition shall be accompanied by a certificate of a licensed physician as required by law.

(c)     Notice of Hearing. Notice of hearing on the petition for appointment, and any petition for authority to act, shall be given to the ward and any person to whom the ward requests notice be given, which request can be made in the petition for appointment or a subsequent written request for notice signed by the ward.

(d)     Annual Report. The annual report shall be accompanied by a certificate from a licensed physician as required by law.

(e)     Termination. The ward may terminate a voluntary guardianship by filing a notice of termination. Copies of the notice shall be served on all interested persons. The guardian shall file a petition for discharge in accordance with these rules.

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