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 a simple set of jurisdictional rules to which all states can agree.
That's why AARP Mississippi is working with the Mississippi Legislature to bring the Uniform Adult Guardianship and Protective Proceedings Jurisdiction Act to our state. House Bill 218 and Senate Bill 2240 have passed out of committee. Floor votes are next. Judges, lawyers and families have welcomed this measure. It has no financial impact on the state, and makes no changes in the state's guardianship law and procedures. It is jurisdictional only.
Thirty-seven other states have adopted the Act and are benefiting from simple jurisdictional rules for interstate guardianship issues. Such issues can bog down the courts and can be expensive for family members trying to navigate complex guardianship matters. The Act is a win-win.
To find out more about HB 218 and SB 2240, call AARP Mississippi at 1-866-554-5382.
AARP Mississippi state director