A Call for Standards: An Overview of the Current Status and Need for Guardian Standards of Conduct and Codes of Ethics

118 Pages Posted: 5 Jun 2012  

Karen E. Boxx

University of Washington School of Law

Terry W. Hammond

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: November 30, 2011

Abstract

The 2001 Wingspan Conference on guardianship reform included as Recommendation 45 the directive for states to adopt minimum standards of practice for guardians, but progress has been slow. This article explores the historical definition of a guardian’s duties, discusses the increasing call for delineated standards for guardians, due in part to the inability of courts to monitor guardianships adequately, and sets forth the existing standards and codes of ethics for guardians in various states. The article discusses the optimal content and use of standards for guardians and the need for standards as a way to define the fiduciary obligations of a guardian.

Keywords: guardianship, fiduciary, elder law

Suggested Citation

Boxx, Karen E. and Hammond, Terry W., A Call for Standards: An Overview of the Current Status and Need for Guardian Standards of Conduct and Codes of Ethics (November 30, 2011). Utah Law Review, 2012; University of Washington School of Law Research Paper No. 2012-09. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2076476

Karen E. Boxx (Contact Author)

University of Washington School of Law ( email )

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Terry W. Hammond

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