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HB 123: Fees and Costs in Guardianship Proceedings

GENERAL BILL by Schwartz ; (CO-INTRODUCERS) McGhee ; Pritchett

Fees and Costs in Guardianship Proceedings; Provides that fees & costs incurred by attorney who has rendered services to ward in compensation proceedings are payable from guardianship assets; provides that expert testimony is unnecessary in proceedings to determine compensation for attorney or guardian; provides that court may appoint guardian ad litem to minor if necessary to protect minor's interests in settlement; provides that settlement of minor's claim is subject to certain confidentiality provisions; directs that examining committee be paid from state funds as court-appointed expert witnesses if petition for incapacity is dismissed; requires that petitioner reimburse state for expert witness fees if court finds petition to have been filed in bad faith.

Effective Date: upon becoming a law
Last Action: 5/2/2014 Senate - Died in Judiciary
Bill Text: PDF
Senate Committee References:
  1. Judiciary (JU)
  2. Governmental Oversight and Accountability (GO)
  3. Appropriations (AP)
  4. Rules (RC)

Bill History

Date Chamber Action
10/2/2013 House • Filed
11/5/2013 House • Referred to Civil Justice Subcommittee; Healthy Families Subcommittee; Judiciary Committee -HJ 17
1/7/2014 House • On Committee agenda-- Civil Justice Subcommittee, 01/14/14, 1:00 pm, Sumner Hall
1/14/2014 House • Favorable by Civil Justice Subcommittee; YEAS 13 NAYS 0 -HJ 152
• Now in Healthy Families Subcommittee -HJ 152
1/29/2014 House • On Committee agenda-- Healthy Families Subcommittee, 02/05/14, 1:00 pm, 12 HOB
2/5/2014 House • Favorable by Healthy Families Subcommittee; YEAS 11 NAYS 0 -HJ 154
• Now in Judiciary Committee -HJ 154
2/13/2014 House • On Committee agenda-- Judiciary Committee, 02/20/14, 12:00 pm, Sumner Hall
2/20/2014 House • Favorable by- Judiciary Committee; YEAS 16 NAYS 1 -HJ 158
• Placed on Calendar -HJ 158
3/4/2014 House • Introduced -HJ 17
4/21/2014 House • Placed on Special Order Calendar, 04/23/14
4/23/2014 House • Read 2nd time -HJ 626
• Read 3rd time -HJ 626
• Passed; YEAS 116 NAYS 0 -HJ 626
4/23/2014 Senate • In Messages
• Referred to Judiciary; Governmental Oversight and Accountability; Appropriations; Rules -SJ 590
• Received -SJ 590
5/2/2014 Senate • Died in Judiciary