Under the Guardianship, Protective Proceedings, and Durable Power of Attorney statute, D.C. Code § 21-2041(d), et. seq., an individual who is alleged to be incapacitated may have an Examiner appointed by the court to evaluate the condition of the individual and to make appropriate recommendations to the court. If the incapacity is alleged to arise from the diagnosis of intellectual disability, the preferred Examiner will be a qualified intellectual disability professional who can present a complete social, psychological and medical evaluation of the individual to the court. The Examiner shall submit a written report to the court prior to the court hearing, and shall attend the hearing.RequirementsConditions of Employment
- Background and security investigation are required.
- Must petition the court for compensation.
Submit detailed resume, highlighting relevant training and experience, and submit a copy of all professional licenses to the Honorable Laura A. Cordero, Presiding Judge of the Probate Division, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
and add in the subject line: Examiner Application.
Qualified individuals include:
- Educators with a doctoral degree in education
- Licensed independent clinical social workers
- A qualified intellectual disability professional
The latter category may include: Psychologist; Physician; Educator; Clinical Social Worker; Certified Rehabilitation Counselor; Physical or Occupational Therapist; or Therapeutic Recreation Specialist, each of whom must have specialized training in intellectual disability or at least one year of experience in treating individuals diagnosed with intellectual disability.Qualifications
Professionals must be licensed in the District of Columbia. Education
Training or experience in the diagnosis, care or treatment of the causes of or conditions leading to incapacity to manage financial resources or to meet essential requirements for physical health, safety, habilitation or therapeutic needs. Additional information
Any person appointed to this position must petition the court for compensation for services rendered in accordance with Superior Court Rule - Probate Division 322(b)(2). Compensation will be paid from the estate of the ward at the Examiner's private rate of pay or, if not available, from a fund established by the District of Columbia at a rate of $95 per hour .