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Title 7 of the District of Columbia Official Code (“Citizens with Intellectual Disabilities”) sets forth the services to be made available to District residents with intellectual disabilities (ID) and mandates that people with ID be supported in a manner that develops each person’s abilities and potential “to the fullest possible extent, no matter how severe his or her degree of disability.”
Title 21 of the D.C. Code (“Fiduciary Relations and Persons with Mental Illness”) provides the statutory powers and duties of the guardian which can be exercised without special order of the Court.
D.C. Code § 21-2047.01 sets forth the limitations on a guardian’s authority and specifies that the guardian may seek authority from the Court to make otherwise prohibited decisions.
“Filing for Guardianship/Conservatorship of an Adult in the District of Columbia.” Superior Court, DC. Office of the Register of Wills, Probate Division, Last updated April 2010: Contains the necessary paperwork to be filed in order to establish.
In re Genevieve Kelly, Int. 12-97 (J. Long, 3/22/00) and In re Theresa Pipkins, Int. 163-00 (J. Long, 8/15/00), holding that a general guardian has legal authority to consent to a DNR order without specific court authority. Judge Burgess made a related finding regarding a limited medical guardian’s authority to consent to a DNR order without specific court authority in In re Barbara Carter, IDD. 295-06 (J. Burgess, 10/2/08), citing In re Genevieve Kelly.
In re Mollie Orshansky, 804 A.2d 1077 (D.C. App., 2002), concluding that the lower court abused its discretion by not giving the ward’s advance planning instruments adequate consideration when appointing an attorney as guardian rather than family members named in the ward’s advance planning instruments.
In re Renee Atwater, No. 08-PR-1075, slip op. (D.C. App., 2010), affirming the Probate Court’s decision that it is an inherent conflict of interest for the ward’s appointed attorney in the Mental Habilitation Court to be appointed as the same ward’s limited health care guardian.
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