2013 ORS § 419B.367¹
Letters of guardianship
  • reports by guardian
  • review of reports
  • legal status and liability of guardian

(1) Upon granting a motion for guardianship under ORS 419B.366 (Guardianship) or upon granting a petition for guardianship under ORS 419B.365 (Permanent guardianship), the court shall issue letters of guardianship to the guardian. As provided in ORS 419A.255 (Maintenance), a guardian may disclose letters of guardianship when necessary to fulfill the duties of a guardian. Letters of guardianship must be in substantially the following form:

______________________________________________________________________________

State of Oregon, )

) LETTERS OF

County of ___ ) GUARDIANSHIP

BY THESE LETTERS OF GUARDIANSHIP be informed:

That on ______ (month) ___(day), 2___, the ______ Court, ______County, State of Oregon, appointed ________ (name of guardian) guardian for ________ (name of ward) and that the named guardian has qualified and has the authority and duties of guardian for the named ward including legal custody of the ward, except as provided below.

IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I have subscribed my name and affixed the seal of the court at my office on ______ (month) ___(day), 2___.

(Seal)

______, Clerk of the Court

By______, Deputy

______________________________________________________________________________

(2) In the order appointing the guardian, the court shall require the guardian to file with the court a verified written report within 30 days after each anniversary of appointment and may:

(a) Specify the frequency and nature of visitation or contact between relatives, including siblings, and the ward, if the court determines that visitation or contact is in the wards best interests;

(b) Enter an order for child support pursuant to ORS 419B.400 (Authority to order support) that complies with ORS 25.275 (Formula for determining child support awards); and

(c) Make any other order to provide for the wards continuing safety and well-being.

(3) The report required under subsection (2) of this section must:

(a) Contain a summary sheet that:

(A) Identifies the written report and includes the date of submission and the name of the submitting person; and

(B) Is maintained as part of the record of the case under ORS 419A.255 (Maintenance) (1); and

(b) Be maintained in the supplemental confidential file under ORS 419A.255 (Maintenance) (2).

(4)(a) Upon timely receipt of a report under subsection (2) of this section, the court shall review the report and maintain the report as described in subsection (3) of this section. The court may:

(A) Direct the local citizen review board to conduct a review;

(B) Subject to the availability of funds, appoint a court visitor and require the visitor to file a report with the court; or

(C) Conduct a court review.

(b) If the court does not receive a report under subsection (2) of this section in a timely manner, the court shall:

(A) Direct the local citizen review board to conduct a review;

(B) Subject to the availability of funds, appoint a court visitor and require the visitor to file a report with the court; or

(C) Conduct a court review.

(5) Except as otherwise limited by the court, a person appointed guardian has legal custody of the ward and the duties and authority of legal custodian and guardian under ORS 419B.373 (Duties and authority of legal custodian) and 419B.376 (Duties and authority of guardian). A guardian is not liable to third persons for acts of the ward solely by reason of being appointed guardian. [2003 c.229 §3; 2005 c.84 §1; 2007 c.333 §3; 2013 c.417 §6]