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In the Matter of the Guardianship and Conservatorship of Maggie Jean Lewis Turner
Timothy Lewis and Kimberly Hawkins, Petitioners-Appellants
Attorney for Appellant Timothy Lewis
Magdalena Reese (until withdrawal)
Sarah E. Dewein
Attorney for Appellant Kimberly Hawkins
Thomas E. Maxwell
Attorney for Appellees
Timothy J. Krumm and Stephanie A. Worrell
Court of Appeals
Court of Appeals Opinion
Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Johnson County, Lars G. Anderson, Judge. AFFIRMED. Considered by Vaitheswaran, P.J., and Tabor and May, JJ. Opinion by Tabor, J. (14 pages)
The ward’s niece and nephew appeal from the denial of their applications for guardianship and conservatorship and the appointment of the ward’s long-time friends as guardians. They contend the district court erred in concluding the ward was competent when executing two durable powers of attorney (POA) granting a medical POA to the friends and a general POA to a bank. OPINION HOLDS: We find no error in the court’s conclusion the ward was competent to execute the POAs. There is no dispute the ward now needs a guardian, but we further conclude the appointment of the ward’s friends was appropriate and did not involve an abuse of discretion. Finally, the district court did not err in determining the bank is adequately handling her financial affairs and a conservatorship is unnecessary.