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Trying Your Guardianship Case

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Date Published

May 14, 2021


Mecklenburg County Bar




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The title to N.C.G.S. § 35A-1212 refers to a hearing before Clerk on appointment of guardian and the statute requires that the Clerk determine the nature and extent of the needed guardianship, the assets, liabilities and needs of the ward, and the person or entity who can most suitably serve as guardian. As to the hearing on the appointment of guardian (rather than incompetence), this statute states that the “Clerk shall make such inquiry and receive such evidence as the Clerk deems necessary.”

How not to overtry or undertry the case!
• What type of evidence and how much evidence to present? Standard of proof - "clear, cogent, convincing"
• Consideration and discretion in presenting evidence of incapacity
• Ethical considerations - medical records, HIPAA
• How do Hearing Officers Select the Guardian? Priority for guardians
• What if there is a family conflict as to the guardian

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Alicia D. Brooks

Judicial Hearing Officer, Mecklenburg County Clerk of Superior Court.

Mandana Vidwan

Judicial Hearing Officer, Mecklenburg County Clerk of Superior Court.

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Program Titles and Supporting Materials

This program contains the following components:

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