Urge the NYS Legislature to adopt Uniform Adult Guardianship and Protective Proceedings Jurisdiction Act
Individuals with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia may require assistance from a guardian, particularly when no advance directives exist. Differing systems of adult guardianship throughout the nation complicate matters as state courts attempt to determine jurisdiction. The Uniform Law Commission created the Uniform Adult Guardianship and Protective Proceedings Jurisdiction Act (UAGPPJA) to address these jurisdictional problems. UAGPPJA establishes a uniform set of rules for determining jurisdiction, and thus simplifies the process for determining jurisdiction among multiple states in adult guardianship cases. It also establishes a framework that allows state court judges in different states to communicate with each other about adult guardianship cases.
Senator Hannon (S.7464) and Assemblymember Weinstein (A.10416) have recently introduced legislation to enact UAGPPJA in New York. The Coalition of New York State Alzheimer’s Association Chapters strongly supports this legislation and is urging all advocates to call your legislators and express support for this legislation. For families coping with Alzheimer’s disease, the process of having to navigate multiple state court systems in an effort to appoint a guardian for their family member is an emotional and costly effort. This legislation would remove jurisdictional barriers and make the process easier for families and caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s disease.
Please contact your legislator and:
- Ask them to become a cosponsor of S.7464 and A.10416
- Urge them to swiftly pass this legislation.
You can use our special Uniform Adult Guardianship call center to find your legislator's phone number and let us know how the call went, or send an email.