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In the Matter of the Guardianship and Conservatorship of Robert Hites, Jr.
Robert Hites, Jr., Ward-Appellant
Attorney for Appellant
Attorney for Appellee
Court of Appeals
Court of Appeals Opinion
Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Story County, Bethany J. Currie, Judge. AFFIRMED. Considered by Potterfield, P.J., Greer, J., and Blane, S.J. Opinion by Blane, S.J. (6 pages)
A ward appeals from the district court’s appointment of his parents as co-guardians and co-conservators. He argues there was insufficient evidence to establish the need for a guardianship or conservatorship. In the alternative, he argues the court should have established a limited guardianship. OPINION HOLDS: The ward’s untreated acute paranoid schizophrenia, refusal to acknowledge his mental illness, and refusal to take medication show his decision-making is impaired enough to warrant guardianship and conservatorship. A limited guardianship is not appropriate here because of the severity of the illness and the ward’s lack of rational engagement with his mental-health condition. We find no error in the court’s order appointing the parents as guardians and conservators.