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Word(s) of the Month- Guardian ad litem Posted on Jul 29

Word(s) of the Month- Guardian ad litem

  Words of law is a regular feature of Massachusetts Law Updates, highlighting a particular word or phrase and its meaning in law. Today’s phrase is “ guardian ad litem” Guardian ad litem  (ad Li-tem) (18c) A guardian, usu. a lawyer, appointed by the court to appear   …Continue Reading Word(s) of the Month- Guardian ad litem

Guardianship Ends at Death Posted on Sep 10

Under Massachusetts General Laws c.190B, sections 5-210 and 5-310, guardianship of both minors and incapacitated adults ends with the death of the ward. While this seems logical, it means that after the death of the ward, the guardian does not have the authority to plan   …Continue Reading Guardianship Ends at Death

Parent has a Right to an Attorney in Guardianship Cases Posted on Feb 11

In Guardianship of V.V., decided yesterday, the Supreme Judicial Court held that “a parent whose minor child is the subject of a guardianship proceeding pursuant to G. L. c. 190B, § 5-206, and who cannot afford counsel, has a right to have counsel appointed and   …Continue Reading Parent has a Right to an Attorney in Guardianship Cases

Mass. has adopted the Uniform Adult Guardianship and Protective Proceedings Jurisdiction Act (UAGPPJ) Posted on Aug 14

Governor Patrick signed Senate Bill 2249 on Aug. 6. It is Chapter 225 of the Acts of 2014. The law clarifies adult guardianships and conservatorships when multiple jurisdictions are involved. Massachusetts is the 39th state to adopt the UAGPPJ. For additional resources from the Uniform   …Continue Reading Mass. has adopted the Uniform Adult Guardianship and Protective Proceedings Jurisdiction Act (UAGPPJ)