Practice StandardsThe Superior Court of D.C. Probate Attorney Practice Standards address the general
authority and duty of attorneys serving as counsel, guardian, conservator, attorney for
personal representative, visitors, and special masters and special administrators, as
well as non-lawyers serving as guardians, visitors and examiners in Intervention
Proceedings, and personal representatives in Decedent Estates.
- Under these standards, those persons appointed to serve in any of these capacities are
provided guidance to help them fulfill the duties and responsibilities defined in District
law and the Rules of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia.
- The standards identify in all instances the duties and responsibilities of lawyers and
non-lawyers appointed in the Probate Division, and full compliance with the standards is
required for lawyers and non-lawyers.
- For attorneys, the fundamental obligations outlined in these standards are based upon
the D.C. Rules of Professional Conduct, District of Columbia statutes and the Superior
Court of D.C. Rules that govern practice in the Probate Division.
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