Tenn. Code § 34-1-101

Current through Acts 2023-2024, ch. 654
Section 34-1-101 - Chapter 1 - 3 definitions

As used in this chapter and chapters 2 and 3 of this title, unless the context otherwise requires:

(1) "Adversary counsel" means a private lawyer hired by a respondent to represent the respondent's interest in any action under this chapter and chapters 2 and 3 of this title;
(2) "Attorney ad litem" means an attorney appointed by the court to act as counsel for the respondent;
(3) "Closest relative" or "closest relatives" means the person or persons who are in the level of intestate heirs nearest to the respondent under the Tennessee laws of intestate succession. If there are two (2) or more closest relatives, all such persons shall be treated equally;
(A) "Conservator" or "co-conservators" means a person or persons or an entity appointed by the court to exercise the decision-making rights and duties of the person with a disability in one or more areas in which the person lacks capacity as determined and required by the orders of the court;
(B) "Conservatorship" is a proceeding in which a court removes the decision-making powers and duties, in whole or in part, in a least restrictive manner, from a person with a disability who lacks capacity to make decisions in one or more important areas and places responsibility for one or more of those decisions in a conservator or co-conservators;
(5) "Corporate surety" means a corporation admitted to do business in the state and licensed under title 56, chapter 2;
(6) "Court" means any court having jurisdiction to hear matters concerning guardians or conservators;
(7) "Fiduciary" means a guardian, coguardian, conservator, co-conservator, or qualified trustee as defined in § 35-16-102(12)(A);
(8) "Financial institution" means a bank as defined by § 45-2-107, a savings and loan association as defined by § 45-3-104, a credit union subject to title 45, chapter 4, or a nonprofit general welfare corporation as defined in § 45-2-105;
(9) "Guardian" or "coguardian" means a person or persons appointed by the court to provide partial or full supervision, protection and assistance of the person or property, or both, of a minor;
(10) "Guardian ad litem" means a person meeting the qualifications set forth in § 34-1-107(c) appointed by the court to investigate the allegations in a petition, perform the duties set forth in § 34-1-107(d) and report to the court with recommendations as to the best interests of the respondent;
(11) "Least restrictive alternatives" means techniques and processes that preserve as many decision-making rights as practical under the particular circumstances for the person with a disability;
(12) "Minor" means any person who has not attained eighteen (18) years of age and who has not otherwise been emancipated;
(13) "Person" means any individual, nonhuman entity or governmental agency;
(14) "Person with a disability" means any person eighteen (18) years of age or older determined by the court to be in need of partial or full supervision, protection, and assistance by reason of mental illness, physical illness or injury, developmental disability, or other mental or physical incapacity;
(15) "Physician" means a medical doctor or doctor of osteopathic medicine who is licensed to practice medicine in this state;
(16) "Property management plan" means the plan submitted by the fiduciary for the investment and management of the property of a minor or person with a disability;
(17) "Psychologist" means a psychologist who is licensed to practice in this state; and
(18) "Respondent" means a person who is a minor or is alleged to be a person with a disability for whom a fiduciary is being sought.

T.C.A. § 34-1-101

Amended by 2019 Tenn. Acts, ch. 340, s 3, eff. 5/10/2019.
Amended by 2018 Tenn. Acts, ch. 605, s 1, eff. 4/2/2018.
Amended by 2013 Tenn. Acts, ch. 435, s 2, eff. 7/1/2013.
Acts 1992, ch. 794, § 2; 1994, ch. 901, § 4; 1996, ch. 811, § 1; T.C.A. §34-11-101; Acts 2010 , ch. 831, § 1.