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2004 Florida Statutes

Reasons for removal of guardian.
Section 744.474, Florida Statutes 2004

744.474  Reasons for removal of guardian.--A guardian may be removed for any of the following reasons, and the removal shall be in addition to any other penalties prescribed by law:

(1)  Fraud in obtaining her or his appointment.

(2)  Failure to discharge her or his duties.

(3)  Abuse of her or his powers.

(4)  An incapacity or illness, including substance abuse, which renders the guardian incapable of discharging her or his duties.

(5)  Failure to comply with any order of the court.

(6)  Failure to return schedules of property sold or accounts of sales of property or to produce and exhibit the ward's assets when so required.

(7)  The wasting, embezzlement, or other mismanagement of the ward's property.

(8)  Failure to give bond or security for any purpose when required by the court or failure to file with the annual guardianship plan the evidence required by s. 744.351 that the sureties on her or his bond are alive and solvent.

(9)  Conviction of a felony.

(10)  Appointment of a receiver, trustee in bankruptcy, or liquidator for any corporate guardian.

(11)  Development of a conflict of interest between the ward and the guardian.

(12)  Having been found guilty of, regardless of adjudication, or entered a plea of nolo contendere or guilty to, any offense prohibited under s. 435.03 or under any similar statute of another jurisdiction.

(13)  A material failure to comply with the guardianship report by the guardian.

(14)  A failure to comply with the rules for timely filing the initial and annual guardianship reports.

(15)  A failure to fulfill the guardianship education requirements.

(16)  The improper management of the ward's assets.

(17)  A material change in the ward's financial circumstances such that the guardian is no longer qualified to manage the finances of the ward, or the previous degree of management is no longer required.

(18)  After appointment, the guardian becomes a disqualified person as set forth in s. 744.309(3).

(19)  Upon a showing by a person who did not receive notice of the petition for adjudication of incapacity, when such notice is required, or who is related to the ward within the relationships specified for nonresident relatives in ss. 744.309(2) and 744.312(2) and who has not previously been rejected by the court as a guardian that:

(a)  The current guardian is not a family member; and

(b)  Removal of the current guardian is in the best interest of the ward,

the court may remove the current guardian and appoint the petitioner, or such person as the court deems in the best interest of the ward, either as guardian of the person or of the property, or both.

History.--s. 1, ch. 74-106; ss. 21, 26, ch. 75-222; s. 84, ch. 89-96; s. 138, ch. 95-418; s. 13, ch. 96-354; s. 1788, ch. 97-102; s. 283, ch. 99-8; s. 2, ch. 99-277; s. 111, ch. 2000-349; s. 32, ch. 2004-267.

Note.--Created from former s. 746.03.