Maine Revised Statutes

§5-806. Decisions by guardian

(a).   Except as authorized by a court of competent jurisdiction, a guardian shall comply with the ward's individual instructions and other wishes, if any, expressed while the ward had capacity and to the extent known to the guardian, and may not revoke the ward's advance health-care directive unless the appointing court expressly so authorizes.
[ 1995, c. 378, Pt. A, §1 (NEW) .]
(b).   Absent a court order to the contrary, a health-care decision of an agent takes precedence over that of a guardian.
[ 1995, c. 378, Pt. A, §1 (NEW) .]
(c).   A health-care decision made by a guardian for the ward is effective without judicial approval, except under the following circumstances:
(1). The guardian's decision is contrary to the ward's individual instructions and other wishes, expressed while the ward had capacity; or [1995, c. 378, Pt. A, §1 (NEW).]
(2). The guardian seeks to withhold or withdraw life-sustaining treatment from the ward, against the advice of the ward's primary physician and in the absence of instructions from the ward, made while the ward had capacity. [1995, c. 378, Pt. A, §1 (NEW).]
[ 1995, c. 378, Pt. A, §1 (NEW) .]
SECTION HISTORY
1995, c. 378, §A1 (NEW).

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