Today, Georgia Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman, Josh McKoon (R-29) introduced the Uniform Adult Guardianship and Protective Proceedings Jurisdiction Act (UAGPPJA) which would make it easier for family caregivers to provide care across state lines.
SB207 would allow Georgia courts to recognize adult guardianship orders from other states, and, similarly, other states that have passed the uniform act may recognize Georgia court orders. UAGPPJA also creates a clear process for determining which state has jurisdiction and outlines procedures for transferring a guardianship to another state and for accepting a transfer, helping to eliminate both the expense and the wait.
“We are very grateful to Chairman McKoon for his leadership on this important issue,” says Melissa Sinden, Associate State Director-Advocacy, AARP Georgia. “Families today don’t stay in one place. This legislation creates the necessary infrastructure for the recognition and transferring of guardianship among states.”
Forty other states have already enacted the Uniform Adult Guardianship and Protective Proceedings Jurisdiction Act.