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FAQ: Who has priority to be guardian for a person?
Minnesota Statute 524.5-309 sets forth the order of priority that the court’s consider when determining who should be appointed as a person’s guardian.
The statute provides the order of priority as follows:
(1) a guardian, other than a temporary or emergency guardian, currently acting for the respondent in this state or elsewhere;
(2) a health care agent appointed by the respondent in a health care directive that does not include limitations on the nomination of the health care agent as a guardian and is executed pursuant to chapter 145C;
(3) the spouse of the respondent or a person nominated by will or other signed writing executed in the same manner as a health care directive pursuant to chapter 145C of a deceased spouse;
(4) an adult child of the respondent;
(5) a parent of the respondent, or an individual nominated by will or other signed writing executed in the same manner as a health care directive pursuant to chapter 145C of a deceased parent;
(6) an adult with whom the respondent has resided for more than six months before the filing of the petition;
(7) an adult who is related to the respondent by blood, adoption, or marriage; and
(8) any other adult or a professional guardian.
However, it is important to note that the court may disregard the priority scheme and appointment someone else, if the court determines that it is in the best interest of the ward to do so.