UNIFORM VETERANS' GUARDIANSHIP ACT (EXCERPT)
Act 321 of 1937
35.73 Administrator of veterans' affairs; interested party in proceedings for appointment of guardian; notice, hearing; limitation on number of wards.
Administrator of veterans affairs, party in interest. The administrator of veterans affairs, or his successor, is and shall be a party in interest in any proceedings brought under any law of this state for the appointment of a guardian of a veteran of any war or other beneficiary on whose account benefits of compensation, adjusted compensation, pension or insurance or other benefits are payable by the veterans administration, and the said administrator or his successor is and shall be an interested party in the administration of the estate of any such ward on whose account such benefits are payable or whose estate includes assets derived from benefits paid by the veterans administration, its predecessor or successor, and written notice shall be given by (registered) mail unless waived in writing to the office of the veterans administration having jurisdiction over the area in which the court is located, of the time and place for hearing on any petition or pleading or in connection with any proceeding pertaining to or affecting in any manner the administration of the estate of any beneficiary of the veterans administration. Said notice shall be deposited in the mails not less than 14 days or such other period as the court may order prior to the date of such hearings or other proceedings: Provided, That in case of any proceeding or hearing notice of which is not required by the statutes in such case made and provided to be given to the interested parties thereto, either by personal service, mailing or advertisement, notice thereof need not be given to said office of the veterans administration.
Limitation on number of wards. Except as hereinafter provided, it shall be unlawful for any person to accept appointment as guardian of any ward if such proposed guardian shall at that time be acting as guardian for 10 wards. In any case, upon presentation of a petition by an attorney of the veterans administration under this section alleging that a guardian is acting in a fiduciary capacity for more than 10 wards and requesting his discharge for that reason, the court, if it determines that such guardian is acting in a fiduciary capacity for more than 10 wards, shall require a final accounting forthwith from such guardian and shall discharge such guardian in said case.
The limitations of this section shall not apply where the guardian is a bank or trust company. An individual may be guardian of more than 10 wards if they are all members of the same immediate family. For the purposes of this section, such appointments in the same immediate family shall be counted as 1 appointment only.
History: 1937, Act 321, Imd. Eff. July 27, 1937
CL 1948, 35.73
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