Friday, August 15, 2008

New Guardianship Petition

Earlier this week, the Mass. Probate and Family Court released a new form for Guardianship Petition (CJ-P 110). The new form requires more detailed information, and furthers the objectives of the new medical certificate required with all guardianship requests.

According to the press release, " This new petition is designed to protect proposed wards and to ensure that judges have the information they need in order to craft a guardianship, if appropriate, that interferes with an individual’s personal liberty only to the extent necessary... Petitions for limited guardianship rather than full guardianship are encouraged, if possible, in order to fully protect the proposed ward’s individual autonomy and personal liberty interests." The new form will be required effective September 1, 2008.