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Transfer a guardianship or conservatorship case to Massachusetts

Learn how to transfer a guardianship or conservatorship to Massachusetts under the Uniform Adult Guardianship and Protective Proceedings Jurisdiction Act (UAGPPJA).

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What you need for Transfer a guardianship or conservatorship case to Massachusetts

A guardian or conservator appointed in another state can ask the Massachusetts Probate and Family Court to accept the guardianship or conservatorship. To do this, you’ll need to file these forms:

Fees for Transfer a guardianship or conservatorship case to Massachusetts

There is a fee for a conservatorship transfer, but no fee for a guardianship transfer.

Name Fee Unit
Conservatorship fee to transfer a case to Massachusetts $240 each
Surcharge for transferring a conservatorship case to Massachusetts $15 each

How to transfer Transfer a guardianship or conservatorship case to Massachusetts

File your paperwork in the Probate & Family Court in the county where the incapacitated/protected person lives.

Next steps for Transfer a guardianship or conservatorship case to Massachusetts

Give notice

You need to ask a disinterested person (someone who has no stake in the case) to give notice to the respondent in person by delivering a copy of the petition and the citation (Notice and Order) 14 days before the hearing. You'll also need to give notice by regular, first class mail to:

If you don't know where one of the interested parties is, the court will give you instructions for how to publish the notice in a newspaper the court chooses. You may be eligible for a fee waiver to cover the cost of publishing the notice in a Massachusetts newspaper.

You should also file the original Notice of Hearing and Certificate of Service with a signed, completed Return of Service with the court. If you published the notice, you should also file:

  • The original uncut tear sheet from the newspaper
  • Any returned, undelivered, certified mail cards which were sent to all interested persons
  • Signed green cards

More info for Transfer a guardianship or conservatorship case to Massachusetts

There will be a hearing if anyone who was given notice asks for one or if the court chooses to have one. Any interested person can object to the transfer by filing a Notice of Appearance and/or Objection (MPC 505a). The incapacitated/protected person can have a lawyer assigned to them if anyone requests it or if the judge orders it.

The case can be handled without a hearing if no one requests one and no one objects to the case. The court will issue a temporary order to accept the petition unless:

The court will issue a final order accepting the guardianship or conservatorship and appointing the guardian or conservator when they receive a final order from the sending state .

The Massachusetts court will decide whether the guardianship or conservatorship needs to be changed to follow state laws within 90 days from when the final order accepting the transfer was issued.

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