Uniform Guardianship Act
NAELA Needs Your Help to Pass the Uniform Guardianship Act in Your State!
NAELA strongly supports the recommendations of the Uniform Adult Guardianship and Protective Proceedings Jurisdiction Act (UAGPPJA), as approved by the Uniform Law Commission (ULC) in August 2007. NAELA urges members to work toward passage of the UAGPPJA at the state level.
The ABA Commission on Law and Aging is conducting a campaign for uniform guardianship jurisdiction. Advocacy is already underway in more than 28 states toward this goal. As of June 2009, thirteen states have passed UAGPPJA (AK, CO, DC, DE, IL, MN, MT, NV, OR, UT, WA, WV) or have it awaiting signature by the Governor. Next year, ULC is planning introductions in 15 additional states. If advocacy on UAGPPJA has not yet begun in your state, please use the materials below to push for its passage. Everything you will need is here at your fingertips. To help coordinate advocacy efforts, contact the State Uniform Law Commissioners in your state.
NAELA's Public Policy Guidelines on Guardianship
Advocacy Tips for Passage of USGPPJA at the State Level
Alzheimer's Association UAGPPJA Tool Kit
Resources from the Uniform Law Commission
Final Act (with Perfatory Note and Comments)
Final Act (No Comments)
Why States Should Adopt UAGPPJA Talking Points
National College of Probate Judges
National Guardianship Association
National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
Conference of Chief Judges
Sample Legislation: Massachusetts
Resources from the ABA Commission on Law and Aging
The ABA Commission on Law and Aging leads the Joint Campaign for Uniform Guardianship Jurisdiction, which is supported by the ABA Section of Real Property, Trust and Law; the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel Foundation, and the Uniform Law Foundation. Visit their website directly for the most up-to-date information on UAGPPJA advocacy.
---Webcast and slides on why states should adopt UAGPPJA - February 2009
---Article: "Nine Ways to Reduce Elder Abuse Through Enactment of the Uniform Adult Guardianship and Protective Proceedings Jurisdiction Act," Lori A. Stiegel, J.D., Senior Attorney, and Erica F. Wood, Assistant Director, American Bar Association Commission on Law and Aging
Reported Cases on Multi-State Guardianship Jurisdiction Issues
By First States Involved
By Second State Involved
Guardianship Stories Supporting the Need for UAGPPJA
By First State Involved
By Second State Involved
The ABA Commission continues to need stories about how multi-state guardianship problems affect the lives of vulnerable individuals and their families, especially stories involving elder or adult abuse. If you have a story, please send it to the ABA.
Multi-State Adult Guardianship Publications List