Guardianship Tips – What Happens When You Move?

So, you’ve gone through the process of getting guardianship of your adult child.  What happens if your family moves out of state ?

The answer to that question may depend on the states involved.


The Uniform Adult Guardianship and Protective  Proceedings Jurisdiction Act

The UAGPPJA (how’s that for an acronym?) has been enacted in many states already, but a few are still out of the loop.

In states where the UAGPPJA has not been enacted it can be difficult to transfer an existing guardianship:

 Instead, most state courts required an incoming guardian to initiate a new proceeding to determine the need for a guardian or conservator, and to determine who should be appointed – a time consuming and potentially expensive prospect for families that already bear the financial and emotional strain of caring for a protected adult.

If the states you are moving to and from have enacted the Act, you will not have to repeat the steps of declaring your child “incompetent” , and proving that you are the best guardian for him/her.

Article 3 of the UAGPPJA allows for a much more streamlined transfer:

To make the transfer, court orders are necessary both from the court transferring the case and from the court accepting the case.  Generally, the transferring court must find that the individual will move permanently to another state, that no one has objected to the transfer, that adequate arrangements have been made for the individual or the individual’s property in the other state, and that the case will be accepted by the court in the new state. (Section 301(d).)

You still need to file paperwork in both states, but the UAGPPJA makes it  less costly and time consuming.

For more information about what is covered by this Act, you’ll want to check out the Uniform Law Commission website.