879.26 Waiver of right to certain documents. Any person who is not a minor or an individual adjudicated incompetent may in writing waive the person's right to be given a statement that the inventory has been filed under s. 858.03 and a copy of accounts under s. 862.11.
879.27 (4) of the statutes is amended to read:
879.27 (4) Who may appeal on behalf of minor or individual adjudicated incompetent. In all cases the appeal on behalf of any minor or individual adjudicated incompetent person may be taken and prosecuted by the guardian of the minor's or incompetent's individual's estate or by a guardian ad litem.
879.27 (5) of the statutes is amended to read:
879.27 (5) Limitation on bond and costs. On appeals from courts assigned to exercise probate jurisdiction to the court of appeals no bond may be required of, or costs awarded against, any alleged incompetent individual or person acting in behalf of an alleged incompetent individual on an appeal from an adjudication of incompetency, and no bond may be required of any personal representative, guardian, or trustee of a testamentary trust.
879.57 of the statutes is amended to read:
879.57 Special administrator; personal representative, guardian. If it is found by the court to be necessary to appoint a personal representative or guardian and there appears to be no person in the state to petition for the appointment or there appears to be no suitable person to be so appointed, the court shall, upon its own motion or upon the petition of any interested party, grant administration of an estate of a decedent or guardianship of the estate of a minor or incompetent person individual who is adjudicated incompetent to the interested party or a special administrator, and he or she shall thereupon take possession of the estate and protect and preserve it, and proceed with the administration and with the care and management of the estate. The authority of a special administrator in the administration or guardianship may be revoked at any time upon the appointment and qualification of a personal representative or guardian, or when for any other cause the court deems it just or expedient. Revocation of authority does not invalidate the special administrator's acts performed prior to revocation and does not impair the special administrator's rights to receive from the estate his or her legal charges and disbursements, to be determined by the court.
Chapter 880 (title) of the statutes is repealed.
Subchapter I (title) of chapter 880 [precedes 880.01] of the statutes is repealed.
880.01 (intro.) of the statutes is repealed.
880.01 (1) of the statutes is renumbered 54.01 (2) and amended to read:
54.01 (2) "Agency" means any public or private board, corporation, or association which
, including a county department under s. 51.42 or 51.437, that is concerned with the specific needs and problems of mentally retarded, developmentally disabled, mentally ill, alcoholic, drug dependent and aging persons, including a county department under s. 51.42 or 51.437 individuals with developmental disability, mental illness, alcoholism, or drug dependency and of aging individuals.
880.01 (2) of the statutes is renumbered 54.01 (8) and amended to read:
54.01 (8) "Developmentally disabled person Developmental disability" means any individual having a disability attributable to mental retardation, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, autism, or another neurological condition closely related to mental retardation or requiring treatment similar to that required for mentally retarded individuals with mental retardation, which has continued or can be expected to continue indefinitely, substantially impairs the an individual from adequately providing for his or her own care or custody, and constitutes a substantial handicap to the afflicted individual. The term does not include a person affected by senility which
dementia that is primarily caused by the process of aging or the infirmities of aging degenerative brain disorder.
880.01 (3) of the statutes is renumbered 54.01 (10) and amended to read:
54.01 (10) "Guardian" means one
a person appointed by a court under s. 54.10 to have care, custody and control of the person of a minor or an incompetent or the management of the estate manage the income and assets and provide for the essential requirements for health and safety and the personal needs of a minor, an individual found incompetent, or a spendthrift.
880.01 (4) of the statutes is repealed.
880.01 (5) of the statutes is repealed.
880.01 (6) of the statutes is repealed.
880.01 (7) of the statutes is renumbered 54.01 (20) and amended to read:
54.01 (20) "Minor" means a person
an individual who has not attained the age of 18 years.
880.01 (7m) of the statutes is renumbered 55.14 (1) (b) and amended to read:
55.14 (1) (b) "Not competent to refuse psychotropic medication" means that, because of chronic mental illness, as defined in s. 51.01 (3g) for an individual with developmental disability or as a result of degenerative brain disorder, serious and persistent mental illness, or other like incapacities, and after the advantages and disadvantages of and alternatives to accepting the particular psychotropic medication have been explained to an individual, one of the following is true:
1. The individual is incapable of expressing an understanding of the advantages and disadvantages of accepting treatment and the alternatives to accepting treatment.
2. The individual is substantially incapable of applying an understanding of the advantages, disadvantages and alternatives to his or her chronic mental illness
condition in order to make an informed choice as to whether to accept or refuse psychotropic medication.
880.01 (8) of the statutes is renumbered 54.01 (22) and amended to read:
54.01 (22) "Other like incapacities" means those conditions incurred at any age which that are the result of accident, organic brain damage, mental or physical disability, or continued consumption or absorption of substances, producing and that produce a condition which that substantially impairs an individual from providing for the individual's his or her own care or custody.
880.01 (9) of the statutes is renumbered 54.01 (31) and amended to read:
54.01 (31) "Spendthrift" means a person who, because of the use of intoxicants alcohol or other drugs or because of gambling, idleness or debauchery or other wasteful course of conduct, is unable to attend to business or thereby manage effectively his or her financial affairs or is likely to affect the health, life, or property of the person himself, herself, or others so as to endanger
the his or her support of the person and the person's support of his or her dependents, if any, or expose the public to
such responsibility for his or her support.
880.01 (10) of the statutes is renumbered 54.01 (37) and amended to read:
54.01 (37) "Ward" means a subject
an individual for whom a guardian has been appointed.
880.02 of the statutes is renumbered 54.30 (1) and amended to read:
54.30 (1) Jurisdiction in circuit court. The Except as provided in s. 54.38 (1), the circuit court shall have has subject matter jurisdiction over all petitions for guardianship. A guardianship of the estate of any person
individual, once granted, shall extend to all of his or her estate the ward's income and assets in this state and shall exclude the jurisdiction of every other circuit court, except as provided in ch. 786. Jurisdiction under this subsection also extends to the petition by a foreign guardian for the receipt and acceptance of a foreign guardianship, except as provided in s. 54.38 (1m) and, if the petition is granted, to the accepted guardianship.
880.03 of the statutes is repealed.
880.04 (title) of the statutes is renumbered 54.12 (title) and amended to read:
54.12 (title) Exceptions to appointment of guardian.
880.04 (1) of the statutes is renumbered 54.46 (6) and amended to read:
54.46 (6) Emancipation of married minors. Except for minors a minor found to be incompetent, upon marriage, a minor shall is no longer
be a proper subject for guardianship of the person and a guardianship of the person is revoked by the marriage of a minor ward. Upon application, the court may release in whole or in part the estate income and assets of a minor ward to the ward upon the ward's marriage. Upon marriage, the guardianship of an incompetent is subject to review under s. 880.34.
880.04 (2) of the statutes is renumbered 54.12 (1) and amended to read:
54.12 (1) Small estates. If a minor or an individual found incompetent, except for his or her incapacity, is entitled to possession of personal property of a value of $10,000 possess assets valued at the amount specified in s 867.03 (1g) (intro.) or less, any court wherein
in which an action or proceeding involving said property the assets is pending may, in its discretion, without requiring the appointment of a guardian, order that the register i probate do one of the following:
(a) Deposit the property in a savings an interest-bearing account in a bank, the payment of whose accounts in cash immediately upon default of the bank are or other financial institution insured by
an agency of the federal deposit insurance corporation; deposit in a savings account in a savings bank or a savings and loan association that has its deposits insured by the federal deposit insurance corporation; deposit in a savings account in a credit union having its deposits guaranteed by the Wisconsin credit union savings insurance corporation or by the national board, as defined in s. 186.01 (3m); government or invest the property in interest-bearing obligations of the United States. The fee for the clerk's services of the register in probate in depositing and disbursing the funds under this paragraph is prescribed in s. 814.61 (12) (a) 814.66 (1) (n).
(b) Payment Make payment to the
natural guardian parent of the minor or to the person having actual custody of the minor.
(c) Payment Make payment to the minor.
(d) Payment Make payment to the person having actual or legal custody of the incompetent or to the person providing for the incompetent's care and maintenance
of the individual found incompetent for the benefit of the individual found incompetent.
880.04 (2m) of the statutes is renumbered 54.12 (2) and amended to read:
54.12 (2) Informal administration. If a minor or an individual found incompetent, except for his or her incapacity, a minor, or a spendthrift is entitled to possession of personal property assets of a value of $5,000 the amount specified in s. 867.03 (1g) (intro.) or less from an estate administered through informal administration under ch. 865, the personal representative may, without the appointment of a guardian, do any of the following:
(a) With the approval of the register in probate, take one of the actions under specified in sub. (2) (1) (a) to (f).
(b) With the approval of the guardian ad litem of the minor or individual found incompetent, take one of the actions under specified in sub.
(2) (1) (a) to (f) and file proof of the action taken and of the approval of the guardian ad litem with the probate registrar instead of filing a receipt under s. 865.21.
880.04 (3) of the statutes is renumbered 54.12 (3) and amended to read:
54.12 (3) Uniform gifts and transfers to minors. If a minor, except for his or her incapacity, is entitled to possession of personal property of any value, any court wherein in which an action or proceeding involving the property is pending may, without requiring the appointment of a guardian, order payment, subject to any limitations the court may impose, to a custodian for the minor designated by the court under ss. 880.61 to 880.72
54.854 to 54.898 or under the uniform gifts to minors act or uniform transfers to minors act of any other state.
880.05 of the statutes is renumbered 54.30 (2) and amended to read:
54.30 (2) Venue. All petitions for guardianship of residents of the state shall be directed to the circuit court of the county of residence of the person subject to guardianship proposed ward or of the county in which the person proposed ward is physically present. A petition for guardianship of the person or estate of a nonresident may be directed to the circuit court of any county where
in which the person nonresident or any property assets of the nonresident may be found or of the county in which the petitioner proposes that the proposed ward resides. A petition for receipt and acceptance of a foreign guardianship shall be directed to the circuit court of the county in which the foreign ward resides or intends to reside.
880.06 (title) of the statutes is renumbered 54.30 (3) (title).
880.06 (1) of the statutes is renumbered 54.30 (3) (a) and amended to read:
54.30 (3) (a) Original proceeding. The court wherein in which a petition is first filed shall determine venue. The court shall direct that proper notice be given to any potentially responsible or affected county. Proper notice is given to a potentially responsible or affected county if written notice of the proceeding is sent by certified mail to the county's clerk and corporation counsel. After all potentially responsible or affected counties and parties have been given an opportunity to be heard, the court shall determine that venue lies in the county in which the petition is filed under sub. (2) or in another county, as appropriate. If it is determined the court determines that venue lies in another county, the court shall order the entire record certified to the proper court. A court wherein in which a subsequent petition is filed shall, upon being if it is satisfied of that an earlier filing took place in another court, summarily dismiss such
the petition. If any potentially responsible or affected county or party objects to the court's finding of venue, the court may refer the issue to the department for a determination of the county of residence under s. 51.40 (2) (g) and may suspend ruling on the motion for change of venue until the determination under s. 51.40 (2) (g) is final.
880.06 (2) of the statutes is renumbered 54.30 (3) (b) (intro.) and amended to read:
54.30 (3) (b) (intro.) Change of residence of ward or guardian. If a guardian removes from the county where appointed to another county within the state or a ward removes from the county in which he or she has resided changes residence from one county to another county within the state, the circuit court for the county in which the ward resides may appoint a new guardian as provided by law for the appointment of a guardian. Upon verified petition of the new guardian, accompanied by a certified copy of appointment and bond if the appointment is in another county, and upon the notice prescribed by s. 879.05 to the originally appointed guardian, unless he or she is the same person, and to any other persons that the court shall order, the court of original appointment may order the guardianship accounts settled and the property delivered to the new guardian. venue may be transferred to the ward's new county of residence under the following procedure:
880.07 (title) of the statutes is renumbered 54.34 (title) and amended to read:
54.34 (title) Petition; fees for guardianship or for receipt and acceptance of a foreign guardianship.
880.07 (1) (intro.) of the statutes is renumbered 54.34 (1) (intro.) and amended to read:
54.34 (1) (intro.) Any relative, public official or other person, may petition for the appointment of a guardian
of a person subject to guardianship. Such for an individual. The petition shall state, so far as may be all of the following, if known to the petitioner:
880.07 (1) (a) of the statutes is renumbered 54.34 (1) (a).
880.07 (1) (b) of the statutes is renumbered 54.34 (1) (b) and amended to read:
54.34 (1) (b) The specific nature of the proposed ward's alleged incapacity with specification of the incompetency or spendthrift habits.
880.07 (1) (c) of the statutes is renumbered 54.34 (1) (c).
880.07 (1) (d) of the statutes is renumbered 54.34 (1) (d) and amended to read:
54.34 (1) (d) Any assets of the proposed ward previously derived from or benefits of the proposed ward now due and payable from the U.S. department of veterans affairs.
880.07 (1) (e) of the statutes is renumbered 54.34 (1) (e).
880.07 (1) (f) of the statutes is renumbered 54.34 (1) (f).
880.07 (1) (g) of the statutes is renumbered 54.34 (1) (g).
880.07 (1) (h) of the statutes is renumbered 54.34 (1) (h) and amended to read:
54.34 (1) (h) The names and post-office addresses of the spouse and presumptive or apparent adult heirs of the proposed ward, and all other persons believed by the petitioner to be interested parties.
880.07 (1) (i) of the statutes is renumbered 54.34 (1) (i) and amended to read:
54.34 (1) (i) The name and post-office address of the person or institution having the, if any, that has care and custody of the proposed ward or the facility, if any, that is providing care to the proposed ward.
880.07 (1) (j) of the statutes is renumbered 54.34 (1) (j) and amended to read:
54.34 (1) (j) The interest of the petitioner, and, if a public official or creditor is the petitioner, then the fact of indebtedness or continuing liability for maintenance or continuing breach of the public peace as well as the authority of the petitioner to act.
880.07 (1m) of the statutes is repealed.
880.07 (2) of the statutes is renumbered 54.34 (2) and amended to read:
54.34 (2) A petition for guardianship may also include an application for protective placement or protective services or both under ch. 55.
880.07 (3) of the statutes is repealed.
880.07 (4) of the statutes is repealed.
880.075 of the statutes is renumbered 54.44 (1) (b) and amended to read:
54.44 (1) (b) Time of hearing for certain appointments. A petition for guardianship of a person
an individual who has been admitted to a nursing home or a community-based residential facility under s. 50.06 shall be heard within 60 days after it is filed. If an individual under s. 50.06 (3) alleges that an individual is making a health care decision under s. 50.06 (5) (a) that is not in the best interests of the incapacitated individual or if the incapacitated individual verbally objects to or otherwise actively protests the admission, the petition shall be heard as soon as possible within the 60-day period.
880.08 (intro.) of the statutes is renumbered 54.38 (2) (intro.) and amended to read:
54.38 (2) Notice of hearing for appointments and rehearings, service, and delivery. (intro.) Upon the filing of a petition for guardianship, and the court being of the person or of the estate, including appointment or change of a guardian, if the court is satisfied as to compliance with s. 880.07 54.34, the court shall, except as provided in sub. (3), order the petitioner to serve notice on the proposed ward and guardian, if any, and to deliver notice to interested persons of the time and place of the hearing, as follows:
880.08 (1) (title) of the statutes is repealed.
880.08 (1) of the statutes is renumbered 54.38 (2) (a) and amended to read:
54.38 (2) (a) A petitioner shall have notice served of a petition for appointment or change of a guardian upon On the proposed incompetent and existing guardian, if any, ward by personal service and an existing guardian, if any, by personal service or by registered or certified mail at least 10 days before the time set for hearing. If such proposed incompetent the proposed ward is in custody or confinement, a the petitioner shall have notice served by registered or certified mail on the proposed incompetent's ward's custodian, who shall immediately serve it on the proposed incompetent ward. The process server or custodian shall inform the proposed incompetent ward of the complete contents of the notice and certify thereon petition, motion, or other required document; certify on the notice that the process server or custodian served and informed the proposed incompetent and returned ward; and return the certificate and notice to the circuit judge. The notice shall include the names of all persons who are petitioning for guardianship. A copy of the petition shall be attached to the notice. The court shall cause the proposed incompetent, if able to attend, to be produced at the hearing. The proposed incompetent is presumed able to attend unless, after a personal interview, the guardian ad litem certifies in writing to the court the specific reasons why the person is unable to attend. If the person is unable to attend a hearing because of physical inaccessibility or lack of transportation, the court shall hold the hearing in a place where the person may attend if requested by the proposed ward, guardian ad litem, adversary counsel or other interested person. Such notice shall also be given personally or by mail at least 10 days before the hearing to the proposed incompetent's counsel, if any, guardian ad litem, presumptive adult heirs or other persons who have legal or physical custody of the proposed incompetent whose names and addresses are known to the petitioner or can with reasonable diligence be ascertained, to any governmental or private agency, charity or foundation from which the proposed incompetent is receiving aid and to such other persons or entities as the court may require. The court shall then proceed under s. 880.33 court.
880.08 (2) of the statutes is repealed.