Tuesday, May 29, 2012
The New Jersey Legislature may join a multi-state network that protects adults when families feud. A lot of problems have come up where there are venue challenges and jurisdictional challenges to a court’s appointment of a guardian.
The bill under consideration is the New Jersey Adult Guardianship and Protective Proceedings Jurisdiction Act would result in New Jersey’s guardianship orders to be recognized by other states that have also adopted the law. That network includes more than 30 states.
The bill in New Jersey has bipartisan support and was approved by the Senate’s health committee last week. The feuds the bill is attempting to avoid unduly deplete the elderly ward’s resources and tie up the courts at the taxpayer’s expense. The bill should help family members across states by providing consistent laws. One attorney points out that the legislation will not end disputes among family members, but it will help determine which state has legislation in a guardianship case.
See Beth Fitzgerald, New Jersey Considers Law To Prevent ‘Granny Snatching,’ NJ Spotlight, May 21, 2012.
Special thanks to Jim Hillhouse (Professional Legal Marketing (PLM, Inc.)) for bringing this article to my attention.