Code of the District of Columbia

§ 21–2049. Removal or resignation of guardian; termination of incapacity.

(a)(1) On petition of the guardian, the court, after a hearing, may accept a resignation of a guardian.

(2) The court may remove a temporary guardian at any time.

(3) On petition of the ward, the Department on Disability Services ("Department") if the ward is receiving services from the Department, or any interested person, or on the court’s own motion, the court, after a hearing, may remove a limited guardian or a general guardian for any of the following reasons:

(A) Failure to discharge the guardian's duties, including failure to conform as closely as possible to a standard of substituted judgment or, if the ward’s wishes are unknown and remain unknown after reasonable efforts to discern them, to make a decision on the basis of the ward’s best interests, pursuant to section 21-2047(a)(6) or 21-2047.02(b)(2);

(B) Abuse of their powers;

(B-i) Abuse, neglect, or financial exploitation of the ward;

(C) Failure to comply with any order of the court;

(D) Failure to educate or provide for the ward as liberally as the ward’s financial situation permits, if education and financial management fall within the scope of the guardianship;

(E) Interference with the ward’s progress or participation in programs in the community; or

(F) For any other good cause.

(b) The ward or any person interested in the welfare of the ward may petition for an order that the ward is no longer incapacitated and for termination of the guardianship. A request for an order may also be made informally to the court and any individual who knowingly interferes with transmission of the request may be adjudged guilty of contempt of court. A ward seeking termination is entitled to the same rights and procedures as in an original proceeding for appointment of a guardian.

(c) Upon removal, resignation, or death of the guardian, or if the guardian is determined to be incapacitated, the court may appoint a successor guardian and make any other appropriate order. Before appointing a successor guardian, or ordering that a ward’s incapacity has terminated, the court shall follow the same procedures to safeguard the rights of the ward that apply to a petition for appointment of a guardian.

(d)(1) A guardian previously removed pursuant to subsection (a)(3)(B-i) of this section shall not be subsequently appointed as a guardian of another ward for a minimum of 5 years after last removal and until satisfactorily proving their rehabilitation and fitness as determined by the court.

(2) In the event that a removed guardian holds a professional license, the court may report the misconduct to the appropriate licensing authority.