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Law Recognizes Guardianship Decisions from Other States


Under a new state law, Wyoming’s court system will recognize guardianship decisions across state lines.

Sponsored by Wyoming Senate President Tony Ross (R) and signed into law by Gov. Matt Mead (R), the Uniform Adult Guardianship and Protective Proceedings Jurisdiction Act will take effect July 1. AARP pushed for the measure.

More than three dozen states have such laws on the books to resolve multistate disputes over adult guardianships, conservatorships and other protective proceedings.

In states that have enacted the law, actions such as transferring guardianship to another state or territory, selling property or moving a person into a different home or care facility are simpler and less expensive—and avoid the need to restart legal proceedings in the new location.

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