Transfer a guardianship or conservatorship case to Massachusetts

Learn how to transfer a guardianship or conservatorship case 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 somewhere else can ask the Massachusetts Probate and Family Court to accept the guardianship or conservatorship from another state. You’ll need to file:

You'll also need to give notice to anyone entitled to notice of an original petition for guardianship or conservatorship (§ 5A-302(b)). See file for guardianship of an incapacitated person for more information.

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 division where the incapacitated/protected person lives.

More info about Transfer a guardianship or conservatorship case to Massachusetts

A hearing will be conducted if anyone entitled to notice requests one or by the court sua sponte. Any interested person can object to the proceeding by filing Notice of Appearance and/or Objection (MPC 505a). Counsel can be appointed for the incapacitated/protected person if requested or if the judge orders it.

If no hearing is requested and no objection is filed, the matter can be handled administratively. The court will issue a provisional order granting the petition, unless:

  • An objection has been made, and the person who objects has proved that the transfer would be against the interests of the incapacitated/protected person
  • The guardian or conservator isn't eligible for appointment in Massachusetts

The court will issue a final order accepting the guardianship or conservatorship and appointing the guardian or conservator when they receive a final order issued by the sending state transferring the proceeding to Massachusetts.

Massachusetts will determine whether the guardianship or conservatorship needs to be modified to conform to the laws of the state within 90 days from when the final order accepting the transfer has been issued.

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