Register a guardianship or conservatorship order from another state

Learn how to register a guardianship or conservatorship order from another state in Massachusetts under the Uniform Adult Guardianship and Protective Proceedings Jurisdiction Act (UAGPPJA).

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For guardianship orders

If a guardian has been appointed in another state and a petition for appointment of guardian isn't pending in Massachusetts, the guardian may, after giving notice to the appointing court of an intent to register, register the out-of-state guardianship order by filing certified copies of the order, letters of office, and bond, if any, as a foreign judgment.

For conservatorship orders

If a conservator has been appointed in another state and a petition for appointment of conservator isn't pending in Massachusetts, the conservator may, after giving notice to the appointing court of an intent to register, register the out-of-state conservatorship order by filing certified copies of the order, letters of office, and bond, if any, as a foreign judgment.

For both guardianship and conservatorship orders, notice must be given to the appointing court of the intent to register the order in Massachusetts. Counsel can be appointed for the incapacitated/protected person upon request or by order of the judge.

Fees for Register a guardianship or conservatorship order from another state

There is no fee to register a Guardianship Order/Decree.

Name Fee Unit
Registration fee for a Conservatorship Order/Decree $75 each

How to register Register a guardianship or conservatorship order from another state

For guardianship orders

File in the division of the Massachusetts Probate and Family Court where an original proceeding could be filed.

For conservatorship orders

File in the division of the Massachusetts Probate and Family Court where property that belongs to the protected person is located.

 

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Upon registration of orders from another state, a guardian or conservator who is a Massachusetts resident may exercise all powers authorized in the order of appointment, except those prohibited under the laws of Massachusetts.

If the guardian or conservator isn't a Massachusetts resident, s/he may exercise all powers authorized subject to any conditions imposed upon nonresident parties, except those prohibited under the laws of Massachusetts.

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