Ind. Code § 29-3-5-1 : Indiana Code - Section 29-3-5-1: Petition for appointment of guardian; requirements; notice and hearing; presence of alleged incapacitated person; exceptions; conduct of hearing

Search Ind. Code § 29-3-5-1 : Indiana Code - Section 29-3-5-1: Petition for appointment of guardian; requirements; notice and hearing; presence of alleged incapacitated person; exceptions; conduct of hearing

(a) Any person may file a petition for the appointment of a person to serve as guardian for an incapacitated person or minor under this chapter or to have a protective order issued under IC 29-3-4. The petition must state the following:
(1) The name, age, residence, and post office address of the alleged incapacitated person or minor for whom the guardian is sought to be appointed.
(2) The nature of the incapacity.
(3) The approximate value and description of the property of the incapacitated person or minor, including any compensation, pension, insurance, or allowance to which the incapacitated person or minor may be entitled.
(4) If a limited guardianship is sought, the particular limitations requested.
(5) Whether a guardian has been appointed or is acting for the incapacitated person or minor in any state.
(6) The residence and post office address of the proposed guardian and the proposed guardian's relationship to the alleged incapacitated person.
(7) The names and addresses, as far as known or as can reasonably be ascertained, of the persons most closely related by blood or marriage to the person for whom the guardian is sought to be appointed.
(8) The name and address of the person or institution having the care and custody of the person for whom the guardian is sought to be appointed.
(9) The names and addresses of any other incapacitated persons or minors for whom the proposed guardian is acting if the proposed guardian is an individual.
(10) The reasons the appointment of a guardian is sought and the interest of the petitioner in the appointment.
(11) The name and business address of the attorney who is to represent the guardian.
(b) Notice of a petition under this section for the appointment of a guardian and the hearing on the petition shall be given under IC 29-3-6.
(c) After the filing of a petition, the court shall set a date for hearing on the issues raised by the petition. Unless an alleged incapacitated person is already represented by counsel, the court may appoint an attorney to represent the incapacitated person.
(d) A person alleged to be an incapacitated person must be present at the hearing on the issues raised by the petition and any response

to the petition unless the court determines by evidence that:
(1) it is impossible or impractical for the alleged incapacitated person to be present due to the alleged incapacitated person's disappearance, absence from the state, or similar circumstance;
(2) it is not in the alleged incapacitated person's best interest to be present because of a threat to the health or safety of the alleged incapacitated person as determined by the court;
(3) the incapacitated person has knowingly and voluntarily consented to the appointment of a guardian or the issuance of a protective order and at the time of such consent the incapacitated person was not incapacitated as a result of a mental condition that would prevent that person from knowingly and voluntarily consenting; or
(4) the incapacitated person has knowingly and voluntarily waived notice of the hearing and at the time of such waiver the incapacitated person was not incapacitated as a result of a mental condition that would prevent that person from making a knowing and voluntary waiver of notice.
(e) A person alleged to be an incapacitated person may present evidence and cross-examine witnesses at the hearing. The issues raised by the petition and any response to the petition shall be determined by a jury if a jury is requested no later than seventy-two (72) hours prior to the original date and time set for the hearing on the petition. However, in no event may a request for a jury trial be made after thirty (30) days have passed following the service of notice of a petition.
(f) Any person may apply for permission to participate in the proceeding, and the court may grant the request with or without hearing upon determining that the best interest of the alleged incapacitated person or minor will be served by permitting the applicant's participation. The court may attach appropriate conditions to the permission to participate.
As added by P.L.169-1988, SEC.1. Amended by P.L.33-1989, SEC.68.