Maine Revised Statutes

§5-212. Resignation or removal proceedings

(a).    Any person interested in the welfare of a ward, or the ward, if 14 or more years of age, may petition for removal of a guardian on the ground that removal would be in the best interest of the ward. A guardian may petition for permission to resign. A petition for removal or for permission to resign may, but need not, include a request for appointment of a successor guardian.
[ 1979, c. 540, §1 (NEW) .]
(b).    After notice and hearing on a petition for removal or for permission to resign, the court may terminate the guardianship and make any further order that may be appropriate.
[ 1979, c. 540, §1 (NEW) .]
(c).    If, at any time in the proceeding, the court determines that the interests of the ward are, or may be, inadequately represented, it may appoint an attorney to represent the minor, giving consideration to the preference of the minor if the minor is 14 or more years of age.
[ 1979, c. 540, §1 (NEW) .]
(d).    The court may not terminate the guardianship in the absence of the guardian's consent unless the court finds by a preponderance of the evidence that the termination is in the best interest of the ward. The petitioner has the burden of showing by a preponderance of the evidence that termination of the guardianship is in the best interest of the ward. If the court does not terminate the guardianship, the court may dismiss subsequent petitions for termination of the guardianship unless there has been a substantial change of circumstances.
[ 2005, c. 371, §5 (AMD) .]
(e).    In a contested action, the court may appoint counsel for any indigent guardian or petitioner.
[ 2005, c. 371, §6 (NEW) .]
SECTION HISTORY
1979, c. 540, §1 (NEW). 1995, c. 623, §2 (NEW). 2005, c. 371, §§5,6 (AMD).