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Date of enactment: January 4, 2008
2007 Assembly Bill 279 Date of publication*: January 18, 2008
* Section 991.11, Wisconsin Statutes 2005-06 : Effective date of acts. "Every act and every portion of an act enacted by the legislature over the governor's partial veto which does not expressly prescribe the time when it takes effect shall take effect on the day after its date of publication as designated" by the secretary of state [the date of publication may not be more than 10 working days after the date of enactment].
2007 WISCONSIN ACT 45
An Act to repeal 54.25 (4) (a), 54.40 (4) (am), 54.40 (4) (ar), 54.40 (4) (dm) and 146.40 (1) (am); to renumber and amend 54.25 (2) (d) 2. a. and 54.25 (4) (b); to consolidate and renumber 54.25 (2) (c) 4. and 5.; to amend 46.90 (1) (eg) 1., 46.90 (1) (eg) 2., 46.90 (1) (eg) 3., 46.90 (5m) (a), 46.90 (5m) (br) 2., 46.90 (6) (bt) 8., 48.368 (1), 48.415 (3) (a), 50.06 (2) (d) 3., 51.30 (4) (b) 17., 54.01 (13), 54.10 (3) (d), 54.15 (intro.), 54.15 (5), 54.15 (6), 54.19 (1), 54.19 (8), 54.25 (2) (b) 4., 54.25 (2) (d) 2. n., 54.40 (4) (c), 54.40 (4) (ds), 54.44 (1) (a), 54.44 (2), 54.44 (4) (title), 54.44 (4) (a), 54.44 (4) (b), 54.48, 54.52 (2), 54.62 (1) (title), 54.64 (3) (a), 54.93 (1) (b), 55.01 (1f), 55.01 (6p), 55.01 (6r) (k), 55.03 (3), 55.043 (1r) (a) 2., 55.043 (4) (am), 55.043 (4) (b) 1., 55.043 (6) (bt) 8., 55.075 (1), 55.075 (3), 55.075 (5) (bm), 55.08 (2) (a), 55.08 (2) (b), 55.09 (1), 55.10 (4) (intro.), 55.10 (4) (a), 55.12 (6), 55.13 (2), 55.135 (4), 55.135 (5), 55.15 (2), 55.16 (3) (c), 55.17 (1), 55.18 (1) (b), 55.18 (2) (a), 55.18 (2) (b) 6., 55.18 (2) (f) 4., 55.18 (3) (a), 55.18 (3) (d) (intro.), 55.195 (4), 55.195 (5), 55.195 (6), 560.9811 (1), 813.123 (2) (b), 813.123 (4) (ar) 1., 813.123 (5) (a) 3. b., 813.123 (5) (ar) 1., 813.123 (5) (c) 1., 813.123 (7) and 940.285 (1m); to repeal and recreate 46.21 (2m) (c), 46.215 (1m), 46.22 (1) (dm), 46.23 (3) (e), 46.286 (3) (a) 3., 49.001 (8), 50.06 (2) (c), 51.01 (5) (a), 51.01 (14t), 51.03 (3) (a) 6., 51.10 (8), 51.20 (7) (d) 1., 51.40 (2) (a) 1., 51.40 (2) (a) 2., 51.42 (3) (e), 51.437 (4r) (b), 54.01 (8), 54.25 (1) (a), 54.25 (1) (b) (intro.), 54.36 (1), 54.38 (2) (a), 54.40 (1), 54.42 (1) (a) (intro.), 54.42 (1) (c), 54.46 (3) (a), 54.75, 55.01 (1v), 55.01 (2), 55.01 (6v), 55.02, 55.03 (1), 55.043 (1r) (b) 2., 55.043 (1r) (c) 2. c., 55.043 (4) (b) 2., 55.055 (1) (a), 55.055 (1) (b), 55.055 (3) (c), 55.06, 55.075 (5) (a), 55.08 (1) (b), 55.08 (1) (c), 55.10 (4) (b), 55.11 (1) (c), 55.135 (1), 55.14 (1) (b) (intro.), 55.14 (2), 55.14 (3) (c), 55.14 (3) (e) (intro.), 55.14 (3) (e) 1., 55.14 (5), 55.14 (6), 55.14 (7), 55.14 (8) (a), 55.14 (9), 55.14 (10), 55.14 (11), 55.175, 55.19 (intro.), 55.19 (1) (a) (intro.), 55.19 (1) (a) 1., 55.19 (1) (b), 55.19 (1) (bm), 55.19 (1) (c), 55.19 (1m), 55.19 (2) (b) 3., 55.19 (2) (b) 5., 55.19 (2) (b) 6., 55.19 (2) (c), 55.19 (2) (f) 4., 55.19 (2) (g), 55.19 (3) (b) (intro.), 55.19 (3) (bm), 55.19 (3) (br), 55.19 (3) (d) (intro.), 55.19 (3) (e) 1., 55.19 (3) (e) 2., 55.19 (3) (e) 3., 55.195 (intro.), 55.22 (2), 146.82 (2) (a) 7., 609.65 (1) (intro.), 757.69 (1) (h), 813.123 (3) (b), 813.123 (4) (a) (intro.), 813.123 (4) (a) 2. a., 813.123 (5) (a) (intro.) and 813.123 (6) (c); and to create 54.44 (5), 54.44 (5m) (title), 940.295 (1) (cr) and 940.295 (1) (hr) of the statutes; relating to: protective placements and protective services; involuntary administration of psychotropic medication; guardianships, conservatorships, and wards; and services for adults at risk and elder adults at risk.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do enact as follows:
45,1 Section 1. 46.21 (2m) (c) of the statutes, as affected by 2005 Wisconsin Acts 264 and 388, is repealed and recreated to read:
46.21 (2m) (c) Exchange of information. Notwithstanding ss. 46.2895 (9), 48.78 (2) (a), 49.45 (4), 49.83, 51.30, 51.45 (14) (a), 55.22 (3), 146.82, 252.11 (7) and 253.07 (3) (c), a subunit of a county department of human services or tribal agency acting under this subsection may exchange confidential information about a client, without the informed consent of the client, with any other subunit of the same county department of human services or tribal agency, with a resource center, a care management organization, or a family care district, with an elder-adult-at-risk agency, an adult-at-risk agency, or any agency to which referral for investigation is made under s. 46.90 (5) (a) 1. or 55.043 (1r) (a) 1g., or with a person providing services to the client under a purchase of services contract with the county department of human services or tribal agency or with a resource center, a care management organization, or a family care district, if necessary to enable an employee or service provider to perform his or her duties, or to enable the county department of human services or tribal agency to coordinate the delivery of services to the client. An agency that releases information under this paragraph shall document that a request for information was received and what information was provided.
45,2 Section 2. 46.215 (1m) of the statutes, as affected by 2005 Wisconsin Acts 264, 388 and 406, is repealed and recreated to read:
46.215 (1m) Exchange of information; long-term care. Notwithstanding ss. 46.2895 (9), 48.78 (2) (a), 49.45 (4), 49.83, 51.30, 51.45 (14) (a), 55.22 (3), 146.82, 252.11 (7), 253.07 (3) (c) and 938.78 (2) (a), a subunit of a county department of social services or tribal agency acting under this section may exchange confidential information about a client, without the informed consent of the client, with any other subunit of the same county department of social services or tribal agency, with a resource center, a care management organization, or a family care district, with an elder-adult-at-risk agency, an adult-at-risk agency, or any agency to which referral for investigation is made under s. 46.90 (5) (a) 1. or 55.043 (1r) (a) 1g., or with a person providing services to the client under a purchase of services contract with the county department of social services or tribal agency or with a resource center, a care management organization, or a family care district, if necessary to enable an employee or service provider to perform his or her duties, or to enable the county department of social services or tribal agency to coordinate the delivery of services to the client. An agency that releases information under this subsection shall document that a request for information was received and what information was provided.
45,3 Section 3. 46.22 (1) (dm) of the statutes, as affected by 2005 Wisconsin Acts 264, 388 and 406, is repealed and recreated to read:
46.22 (1) (dm) Exchange of information; long-term care. Notwithstanding ss. 46.2895 (9), 48.78 (2) (a), 49.45 (4), 49.83, 51.30, 51.45 (14) (a), 55.22 (3), 146.82, 252.11 (7), 253.07 (3) (c) and 938.78 (2) (a), a subunit of a county department of social services or tribal agency acting under this subsection may exchange confidential information about a client, without the informed consent of the client, with any other subunit of the same county department of social services or tribal agency, with a resource center, a care management organization, or a family care district, with an elder-adult-at-risk agency, an adult-at-risk agency, or any agency to which referral for investigation is made under s. 46.90 (5) (a) 1. or 55.043 (1r) (a) 1g., or with a person providing services to the client under a purchase of services contract with the county department of social services or tribal agency or with a resource center, a care management organization, or a family care district, if necessary to enable an employee or service provider to perform his or her duties, or to enable the county department of social services or tribal agency to coordinate the delivery of services to the client. An agency that releases information under this paragraph shall document that a request for information was received and what information was provided.
45,4 Section 4. 46.23 (3) (e) of the statutes, as affected by 2005 Wisconsin Acts 264, 388 and 406, is repealed and recreated to read:
46.23 (3) (e) Exchange of information; long-term care. Notwithstanding ss. 46.2895 (9), 48.78 (2) (a), 49.45 (4), 49.83, 51.30, 51.45 (14) (a), 55.22 (3), 146.82, 252.11 (7), 253.07 (3) (c) and 938.78 (2) (a), a subunit of a county department of human services or tribal agency acting under this section may exchange confidential information about a client, without the informed consent of the client, with any other subunit of the same county department of human services or tribal agency, with a resource center, a care management organization, or a family care district, with an elder-adult-at-risk agency, an adult-at-risk agency, or any agency to which referral for investigation is made under s. 46.90 (5) (a) 1. or 55.043 (1r) (a) 1g., or with a person providing services to the client under a purchase of services contract with the county department of human services or tribal agency or with a resource center, a care management organization, or a family care district, if necessary to enable an employee or service provider to perform his or her duties, or to enable the county department of human services or tribal agency to coordinate the delivery of services to the client. An agency that releases information under this paragraph shall document that a request for information was received and what information was provided.
45,5 Section 5. 46.286 (3) (a) 3. of the statutes, as affected by 2005 Wisconsin Acts 264 and 388, is repealed and recreated to read:
46.286 (3) (a) 3. Is functionally eligible at the intermediate level and is determined by an elder-adult-at-risk agency under s. 46.90 (2) or an adult-at-risk agency designated under s. 55.043 (1d) to be in need of protective services or protective placement under ch. 55.
45,6 Section 6. 46.90 (1) (eg) 1. of the statutes is amended to read:
46.90 (1) (eg) 1. A guardian of the estate appointed under s. 880.03 s. 54.10.
45,7 Section 7. 46.90 (1) (eg) 2. of the statutes is amended to read:
46.90 (1) (eg) 2. A conservator appointed under s. 880.31 s. 54.76.
45,8 Section 8. 46.90 (1) (eg) 3. of the statutes is amended to read:
46.90 (1) (eg) 3. An agent under a financial power of attorney under s. 243.07 ch. 243.
45,9 Section 9. 46.90 (5m) (a) of the statutes is amended to read:
46.90 (5m) (a) Upon responding to a report, the elder-adult-at-risk agency or the investigative agency shall determine whether the elder adult at risk or any other individual involved in the alleged abuse, financial exploitation, neglect, or self-neglect is in need of services under this chapter or ch. 47, 49, 51, 55 or 880 ch. 47, 49, 51, 54, or 55. From the appropriation under s. 20.435 (7) (dh), the department shall allocate to selected counties not less than $25,000 in each fiscal year, and within the limits of these funds and of available state and federal funds and of county funds appropriated to match the state and federal funds, the elder-adult-at-risk agency shall provide the necessary direct services to the elder adult at risk or other individual or arrange for the provision of the direct services with other agencies or individuals. Those direct services provided shall be rendered under the least restrictive conditions necessary to achieve their objective.
45,10 Section 10. 46.90 (5m) (br) 2. of the statutes is amended to read:
46.90 (5m) (br) 2. Take appropriate emergency action, including emergency protective placement under s. 55.06 s. 55.135, if the elder-adult-at-risk agency determines that the emergency action is in the best interests of the elder adult at risk and the emergency action is the least restrictive appropriate intervention.
45,11 Section 11. 46.90 (6) (bt) 8. of the statutes is amended to read:
46.90 (6) (bt) 8. To the attorney or guardian ad litem for the elder adult at risk who is the alleged victim named in the record, to assist in preparing for any proceeding under ch. 48, 51, 55, 813, 880, 971, or 975 ch. 48, 51, 54, 55, 813, 971, or 975 pertaining to the alleged victim.
45,12 Section 12. 48.368 (1) of the statutes is amended to read:
48.368 (1) If a petition for termination of parental rights is filed under s. 48.41 or 48.415 or an appeal from a judgment terminating or denying termination of parental rights is filed during the year in which a dispositional order under s. 48.355, an extension order under s. 48.365, a voluntary agreement for placement of the child under s. 48.63, or a guardianship order under ch. 880, 2003 stats., or s. 48.977 or ch. 880 ch. 54 is in effect, the dispositional or extension order, voluntary agreement, or guardianship order shall remain in effect until all proceedings related to the filing of the petition or an appeal are concluded.
45,13 Section 13. 48.415 (3) (a) of the statutes is amended to read:
48.415 (3) (a) The parent is presently, and for a cumulative total period of at least 2 years within the 5 years immediately prior to the filing of the petition has been, an inpatient at one or more hospitals as defined in s. 50.33 (2) (a), (b) or (c), licensed treatment facilities as defined in s. 51.01 (2) or state treatment facilities as defined in s. 51.01 (15) on account of mental illness as defined in s. 51.01 (13) (a) or (b) or, developmental disability as defined in s. 55.01 (2), or other like incapacities, as defined in s. 55.01 (5);
45,14 Section 14. 49.001 (8) of the statutes, as affected by 2005 Wisconsin Acts 264 and 387, is repealed and recreated to read:
49.001 (8) "Voluntary" means according to an individual's free choice, if competent, or by choice of his or her guardian if the individual is adjudicated incompetent.
45,15 Section 15. 50.06 (2) (c) of the statutes, as affected by 2005 Wisconsin Acts 264 and 387, is repealed and recreated to read:
50.06 (2) (c) A petition for guardianship for the individual under s. 54.34 and a petition under s. 55.075 for protective placement of the individual are filed prior to the proposed admission.
45,16 Section 16. 50.06 (2) (d) 3. of the statutes is amended to read:
50.06 (2) (d) 3. Comply with s. 55.135 if the requirements of s. 55.135 (1) are met and emergency protective placement in that facility or another facility is necessary or file a petition for protective placement under s. 55.075. The court, with the permission of the facility, may order the incapacitated individual to remain in the facility pending the outcome of the protective placement proceedings.
45,17 Section 17. 51.01 (5) (a) of the statutes, as affected by 2005 Wisconsin Acts 264, 387 and 388, is repealed and recreated to read:
51.01 (5) (a) "Developmental disability" means a disability attributable to brain injury, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, autism, Prader-Willi syndrome, mental retardation, or another neurological condition closely related to mental retardation or requiring treatment similar to that required for individuals with mental retardation, which has continued or can be expected to continue indefinitely and constitutes a substantial handicap to the afflicted individual. "Developmental disability" does not include dementia that is primarily caused by degenerative brain disorder.
45,18 Section 18. 51.01 (14t) of the statutes, as affected by 2005 Wisconsin Acts 264, 387 and 388, is repealed and recreated to read:
51.01 (14t) "Serious and persistent mental illness" means a mental illness that is severe in degree and persistent in duration, that causes a substantially diminished level of functioning in the primary aspects of daily living and an inability to cope with the ordinary demands of life, that may lead to an inability to maintain stable adjustment and independent functioning without long-term treatment and support, and that may be of lifelong duration. "Serious and persistent mental illness" includes schizophrenia as well as a wide spectrum of psychotic and other severely disabling psychiatric diagnostic categories, but does not include degenerative brain disorder or a primary diagnosis of a developmental disability or of alcohol or drug dependence.
45,19 Section 19. 51.03 (3) (a) 6. of the statutes, as affected by 2005 Wisconsin Acts 264 and 387, is repealed and recreated to read:
51.03 (3) (a) 6. The number of individuals authorized to consent to involuntary administration of psychotropic medication under s. 55.14 (8) or for whom guardians were appointed under s. 880.33 (4m), 2003 stats.
45,20 Section 20. 51.10 (8) of the statutes, as affected by 2005 Wisconsin Acts 264 and 387, is repealed and recreated to read:
51.10 (8) An adult for whom, because of incompetency, a guardian of the person has been appointed in this state may be voluntarily admitted to an inpatient treatment facility if the guardian consents after the requirements of sub. (4m) (a) 1. are satisfied or if the guardian and the ward consent to the admission under this section.
45,21 Section 21 . 51.20 (7) (d) 1. of the statutes, as affected by 2005 Wisconsin Acts 264 and 387, is repealed and recreated to read:
51.20 (7) (d) 1. If the court determines after hearing that there is probable cause to believe that the subject individual is a fit subject for guardianship and protective placement or services, the court may, without further notice, appoint a temporary guardian for the subject individual and order temporary protective placement or services under ch. 55 for a period not to exceed 30 days, and shall proceed as if petition had been made for guardianship and protective placement or services. If the court orders only temporary protective services for a subject individual under this paragraph, the individual shall be provided care only on an outpatient basis. The court may order the involuntary administration of psychotropic medication as a temporary protective service under this paragraph if it finds that there is probable cause to believe that the allegations under s. 55.14 (3) (e) apply, that the individual is not competent to refuse psychotropic medication and that the medication ordered will have therapeutic value and will not unreasonably impair the ability of the individual to prepare for and participate in subsequent legal proceedings. An individual is not competent to refuse psychotropic medication if, because of serious and persistent mental illness, and after the advantages and disadvantages of and alternatives to accepting the particular psychotropic medication have been explained to the individual, one of the following is true:
a. The individual is incapable of expressing an understanding of the advantages and disadvantages of accepting treatment and the alternatives.
b. The individual is substantially incapable of applying an understanding of the advantages, disadvantages and alternatives to his or her serious and persistent mental illness in order to make an informed choice as to whether to accept or refuse psychotropic medication.
45,22 Section 22. 51.30 (4) (b) 17. of the statutes is amended to read:
51.30 (4) (b) 17. To the elder-adult-at-risk agency designated under s. 46.90 (2) or other investigating agency under s. 46.90 for the purposes of s. 46.90 (4) and (5), to the county department as defined in s. 48.02 (2g) or the sheriff or police department for the purposes of s. 48.981 (2) and (3), or to the adult-at-risk agency designated under s. 55.02 s. 55.043 (1d) for purposes of s. 55.043. The treatment record holder may release treatment record information by initiating contact with the elder-adult-at-risk agency, adult-at-risk agency, or county department, as defined in s. 48.02 (2g), without first receiving a request for release of the treatment record from the elder-adult-at-risk agency, adult-at-risk agency, or county department.
45,23 Section 23. 51.40 (2) (a) 1. of the statutes, as affected by 2005 Wisconsin Acts 264 and 387, is repealed and recreated to read:
51.40 (2) (a) 1. `Commitment or protective placement or protective services.' If an individual is under a court order of commitment under this chapter or protective placement or protective services under s. 55.06, 2003 stats., or s. 55.12, the individual remains a resident of the county in which he or she has residence at the time the initial commitment or initial order for protective placement or protective services is made. If the court makes no specific finding of a county of residence, the individual is a resident of the county in which the court is located. After notice, including notice to the corporation counsel of each affected county by certified mail, after opportunity to be heard has been provided to all affected counties and parties, and if there is no objection, the court may make a specific finding of a county of residence. If any affected county or party objects to the court's proposed finding, the county or party may request the department to make a determination under par. (g). Any transfer of venue may be suspended until the department's determination is final.
45,24 Section 24. 51.40 (2) (a) 2. of the statutes, as affected by 2005 Wisconsin Acts 264 and 387, is repealed and recreated to read:
51.40 (2) (a) 2. `Placement by a county.' Except for the provision of emergency services under s. 51.15, 51.42 (1) (b), 51.437 (4) (c), or 51.45 (11) and (12), emergency protective services under s. 55.13, or emergency protective placement under s. 55.135, if a county department or an agency of a county department places or makes arrangements for placement of the individual into a facility, the individual is a resident of the county of that county department. Any agency of the county department is deemed to be acting on behalf of the county department in placing or making arrangements for placement. Placement of an individual by a county department or an agency of a county department in a facility outside the jurisdiction of the county department or agency does not transfer the individual's legal residence to the county in which the facility is located. If a resident of a county is physically present in another county and is in need of immediate care, the county in which the individual is present may provide for his or her immediate needs under s. 51.15, 51.20, 51.42 (1) (b), 51.437 (4) (c), or 51.45 (11) or (12), or ch. 54 or 55, without becoming the individual's county of residence.
45,25 Section 25. 51.42 (3) (e) of the statutes, as affected by Wisconsin Acts 264 and 388, is repealed and recreated to read:
51.42 (3) (e) Exchange of information. Notwithstanding ss. 46.2895 (9), 48.78 (2) (a), 49.45 (4), 49.83, 51.30, 51.45 (14) (a), 55.22 (3), 146.82, 252.11 (7), 253.07 (3) (c) and 938.78 (2) (a), any subunit of a county department of community programs or tribal agency acting under this section may exchange confidential information about a client, without the informed consent of the client, with any other subunit of the same county department of community programs or tribal agency, with a resource center, a care management organization, or a family care district, or with any person providing services to the client under a purchase of services contract with the county department of community programs or tribal agency or with a resource center, care management organization, or family care district, if necessary to enable an employee or service provider to perform his or her duties, or to enable the county department of community programs or tribal agency to coordinate the delivery of services to the client. Any agency releasing information under this paragraph shall document that a request was received and what information was provided.
45,26 Section 26. 51.437 (4r) (b) of the statutes, as affected by 2005 Wisconsin Acts 264 and 388, is repealed and recreated to read:
51.437 (4r) (b) Notwithstanding ss. 46.2895 (9), 48.78 (2) (a), 49.45 (4), 49.83, 51.30, 51.45 (14) (a), 55.22 (3), 146.82, 252.11 (7), 253.07 (3) (c) and 938.78 (2) (a), any subunit of a county department of developmental disabilities services or tribal agency acting under this section may exchange confidential information about a client, without the informed consent of the client, with any other subunit of the same county department of developmental disabilities services or tribal agency, with a resource center, a care management organization, or a family care district, or with any person providing services to the client under a purchase of services contract with the county department of developmental disabilities services or tribal agency or with a resource center, a care management organization, or a family care district, if necessary to enable an employee or service provider to perform his or her duties, or to enable the county department of developmental disabilities services or tribal agency to coordinate the delivery of services to the client. Any agency releasing information under this paragraph shall document that a request was received and what information was provided.
45,27 Section 27. 54.01 (8) of the statutes, as affected by 2005 Wisconsin Acts 264, 387 and 388, is repealed and recreated to read:
54.01 (8) "Developmental disability" means 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 individuals with mental retardation, which has continued or can be expected to continue indefinitely, substantially impairs 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 dementia that is primarily caused by degenerative brain disorder.
45,28 Section 28. 54.01 (13) of the statutes is amended to read:
54.01 (13) "Heir" means any person, including the surviving spouse, who is entitled under the statutes of intestate succession to an interest in property of a decedent. The state is an heir of the decedent and a person interested under s. 45.37 (10) and (11) when the decedent was a member of the Wisconsin Veterans Home at King or at the facilities operated by the department of veterans affairs under s. 45.385 s. 45.50 at the time of the decedent's death.
45,29 Section 29. 54.10 (3) (d) of the statutes is amended to read:
54.10 (3) (d) Before appointing a guardian under this subsection, declaring incompetence to exercise a right under s. 54.25 (2) (c), or determining what powers are appropriate for the guardian to exercise under s. 54.18, 54.20, or 54.25 (2) (d), the court shall determine if additional medical, psychological, social, vocational, or educational evaluation is necessary for the court to make an informed decision respecting the individual's competency to exercise legal rights and may obtain assistance in the manner provided in s. 55.06 (8) s. 55.11 (1) whether or not protective placement is made.
45,30 Section 30. 54.15 (intro.) of the statutes is amended to read:
54.15 Selection of guardian; nominations; preferences; other criteria. (intro.) The court shall do one of the following and shall consider all of the following nominations, applicable preferences, and criteria in determining who is appointed as guardian:
45,31 Section 31. 54.15 (5) of the statutes is amended to read:
54.15 (5) Parent of a proposed ward. If one or both of the parents of a minor or an individual with developmental disability or with serious and persistent mental illness are suitable and willing, the court shall appoint one or both as guardian unless the court finds that the appointment is not in the proposed ward,s ward's best interest. The court shall consider a proposed ward's objection to the appointment of his or her parent.
45,32 Section 32. 54.15 (6) of the statutes is amended to read:
54.15 (6) Testamentary nomination by proposed ward's parents. Subject to the rights of a surviving parent, a parent may by will nominate a guardian and successor guardian of the person or estate for any of his or her minor children who is in need of guardianship, unless the court finds that appointment of the guardian or successor guardian is not i in the minor's best interests. For an individual who is aged 18 or older and is found to be in need of guardianship by reason of a developmental disability or serious and persistent mental illness, a parent may by will nominate a testamentary guardian. The parent may waive the requirement of a bond for such an estate that is derived through a will.
45,33 Section 33. 54.19 (1) of the statutes is amended to read:
54.19 (1) Take possession of the ward's real and personal property, of any rents, income, and benefits accruing from the property, and of any proceeds arising from the sale, mortgage, lease, or exchange of the property, and prepare an inventory of these. Subject to this possession, the title of all the income and assets of the ward and the increment and proceeds of the income and assets of the ward remains vested in the ward and is not vested in the guardian.
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