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)
     Legislative Factsheet
     Why States Should Adopt UAGPPJA Talking Points

Endorsement Letters:
     National College of Probate Judges
     National Guardianship Association
     National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
     Conference of Chief Judges
     Alzheimer's Association
     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 Issue
     By First States Involved
     By Second State Involved    

Guardianship Stories Supporting the Need for UAGPPJA
     By Issue
     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

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