Protective Orders & Limited Guardianships: Legal Tools for Sidelining Plenary Guardianship
30 Pages Posted: 13 Sep 2021 Last revised: 28 Oct 2022
Date Written: October 1, 2022
By encouraging use of limited guardianships and protective orders instead of full guardianships, states can reduce the likelihood of unnecessarily stripping adults of their civil rights. Yet, although such less restrictive alternatives have long been available to most courts, in practice, their use remains limited and sporadic. This article argues that this lack of use suggests that it is not sufficient for the law to state a preference for these less restrictive alternatives, it must actually create systems that incentivize their use and actively discourage the use of full guardianships. This article then shows, using the Uniform Guardianship, Conservatorship, and Other Protective Arrangements Act as a guide, how states can adopt statutes that create such incentivized systems.
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