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Education and Resources


The following is a grouping of educational opportunities and resources links that may be of interest to you as a guardian.  This is in no way an endorsement of the educational opportunity or link by NCGA.  When an opportunity is provided by NCGA, it will be identified as such.

Please note that this list is comprised of sessions on specific dates, resources that are not on specific dates and the link.


January 01, 2020

“Ensuring Trust: Strengthening State Efforts to Overhaul the Guardianship Process and Protect Older Americans.”

Today, the Senate Special Aging Committee held a hearing on state-level efforts to overhaul the legal guardianship framework for older Americans as well as their families and caretakers. Representatives of state agencies overseeing the care of at-risk seniors were among the panel of witnesses who answered questions on ways they were working to improve the system and on ways the federal government could encourage positive change in public policy for seniors needing legal guardianship.

Watch the Committee Hearing Video here and read the report here.

January 18, 2018

What's New

2017 State Adult Guardianship Legislative Summary  This annual statutory update profiles the 49 state guardianship bills passed and signed by the Governor during the 2017 year. 

Updated State Certification Chart  This updated chart by Sally Balch Hurme gives a state-by-state look at guardian certification, through November 2017. 

Supported Decision-making Resolution In August 2017 the ABA House of Delegates adopted a resolution on supported decision-making as a less restrictive alternative to guardianship.

Updated State Guardianship Core Statutory Charts The ABA Commission and Sally Balch Hurme have updated the five guardianship “core statutory charts” to December 31, 2016.  These charts cover capacity definition and initiation of proceedings, representation and investigation, notice, conduct and findings, and monitoring. Please let us know if there are any additional updates.

Restoration of Rights in Adult GuardianshipThe ABA Commission, with the Virginia Tech Center for Gerontology, has released a new report with recommendations on Restoration of Rights in Adult Guardianship. 

Supported Decision-Making Law and Practice Resources
The ABA Commission’s web page on Guardianship now includes an updated section on Supported Decision-Making with links to key resources.

February 03, 2016

This article by Meredith Smith, UNCSOG, explains how the Clerk of Superior Court decides who should serve as a guardian under NCGS 35A.

October 21, 2016

Author: Meredith Smith, Assistant Professor of Public Law and Government, UNC School of Government, Chapel Hill, NC

Published for On the Civil Side on October 21, 2016.

The Uniform Adult Guardianship and Protective Proceedings Jurisdiction Act (UAGPPJA; pronounced, “you-ah-gap-jah”).  UAGPPJA is a uniform law enacted by the NC General Assembly took effect December 1, 2016.  Meredith brings clarity to the process and how it effects adult guardianship.

How to Protect our Nation’s Most Vulnerable Adults through Effective Guardianship Practices

National Association for Court Management’s webinar: How to Protect our Nation’s Most Vulnerable Adults through Effective Guardianship Practices, we encourage you to view it at your convenience.  The webinar, led by CEC director Dr. Brenda Uekert, follows NACM’s Adult Guardianship Guide and provides action steps courts can take to improve guardianship practices. Despite differences among states, there are standards that can guide your court in developing robust practices that enhance both court efficiencies and oversight.


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