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    Chapter 12: Power of the court to order a protective arrangement.

      Section: 3B:12-73: Immediate assumption of duties of appointed standby guardian; revocation in writing

           7. a. Upon the occurrence of a triggering event set forth in a decree appointing a standby guardian, the standby guardian shall be empowered to assume the duties of his office immediately.

b. If the triggering event is the incapacity or debilitation of the parent or legal custodian, the attending physician shall provide a copy of his determination to the appointed standby guardian if the guardian's identity is known to the attending physician.

c. Within 60 days following the assumption of guardianship duties, the appointed standby guardian shall petition the court for confirmation. The confirmation petition shall include a determination of incapacity or debilitation or a death certificate, as appropriate.

d. The court shall confirm an appointed standby guardian named in accordance with this act and otherwise qualified to serve as guardian pursuant to N.J.S.3B:12-1 et seq. unless there is a judicial determination of unfitness with regard to the appointed standby guardian.

e. A standby guardian appointed pursuant to section 6 of this act may decline appointment at any time before the assumption of his duties by filing a written statement to that effect with the court, with notice to be provided to the petitioner and to the minor child if the latter is 14 years of age or older.

f. Commencement of the duties of the standby guardian shall confer upon the appointed standby guardian shared authority with the custodial parent or legal custodian of the minor child, unless the petition states otherwise.

g. A parent or legal custodian may revoke a standby guardianship by executing a written revocation, filing it with the court where the petition was filed, and promptly notifying the appointed standby guardian of the revocation. An unwritten revocation may be considered by the court if the revocation can be proved by clear and convincing evidence submitted to the court.


This section added to the Rutgers Database: 2013-06-10 16:36:30.

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