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  • PART II REAL AND PERSONAL PROPERTY AND DOMESTIC RELATIONS
  • TITLE II DESCENT AND DISTRIBUTION, WILLS, ESTATES OF DECEASED PERSONS AND ABSENTEES, GUARDIANSHIP, CONSERVATORSHIP AND TRUSTS
  • CHAPTER 190B MASSACHUSETTS UNIFORM PROBATE CODE
  • ARTICLE V PROTECTION OF PERSONS UNDER DISABILITY
    AND THEIR PROPERTY
  • Section 5-305 Who may be guardian; parties

Section 5-305. [Who May Be Guardian; Priorities.]

(a) Any qualified person may be appointed guardian of an incapacitated person.

(b) Unless lack of qualification or other good cause dictates the contrary, the court shall appoint a guardian in accordance with the incapacitated person’s most recent nomination in a durable power of attorney.

(c) Except as provided in subsection (b), the following, if suitable, are entitled to consideration for appointment in the order listed:

[Paragraph (1) of subsection (c) applicable as provided by 2012, 140, Sec. 66.]

(1) the spouse of the incapacitated person or a person nominated pursuant to subsection (b) of section 5-301;

(2) a parent of the incapacitated person, or a person nominated pursuant to section 5-301; and

(3) any person the court deems appropriate.

(d) With respect to persons having equal priority, the court shall select the one it deems best suited to serve. The court, acting in the best interest of the incapacitated person, may pass over a person having priority and appoint a person having a lower priority or no priority.