AARP Mississippi recently had a major win when the House passed Senate Bill 2240. It now goes to Governor Bryant for his signature. The bill allows the Uniform Adult Guardianship and Protective Proceedings Jurisdiction Act in Mississippi. Mississippi will become the 38th state to adopt this measure that makes it easier for caregivers to care for loved ones across state lines.

Many Mississippi families are caring for loved ones throughout the state and country. In some families, a loved one may need the help of a guardian if no advance planning options are in place. But guardianship is handled in state courts, and each state has its own laws and procedures.

If more than one state is involved, families can be caught in jurisdictional tangles that can cost a lot of money, delay good care, aggravate family disputes, and open the door for elder abuse. The solution is the Uniform Adult Guardianship and Protective Proceedings Jurisdiction Act, a simple set of jurisdictional rules to which all states can agree. 

We thank all volunteers who helped with this measure. Your phone calls and conversations with legislators helped make the Uniform Adult Guardianship and Protective Proceedings Jurisdiction Act a reality in Mississippi.