Guardianship Report Review Project
Flexible scheduling in three hour blocks at the
Probate & Family Courts in the following counties: Suffolk, Middlesex, Norfolk, Essex, Bristol, Plymouth, Barnstable, Hampden and Hampshire.
Volunteers ensure that guardians have provided necessary information and to flag issues that may raise concerns about the appropriateness of the guardianship, the conduct of the guardian, or the condition of the person under guardianship.
Under the Massachusetts Uniform Probate Code (MUPC), guardians of adult incapacitated persons must file an initial Care Plan/Report with the court within 60 days after the guardianship appointment, and yearly in subsequent years.
Using a checklist developed by the court, volunteers from VLP/Senior Partners for Justice assist the court in reviewing these Care Plans and Annual Reports.
About the Project:
This Project is limited in scope and the work can be done in discrete, pre-scheduled blocks of time (e.g., 3 hours in the morning or afternoon). It is a great pro bono opportunity for busy attorneys. You only need a morning or afternoon a few times a year to help the court protect vulnerable members of the community.
Scheduling is flexible but we suggest that before you go you contact the Registry of Probate in the court you're interested in to make sure there are reports ready to be reviewed. Click here for Registry of Probate contact information.
VLP can partner you with a volunteer attorney familiar with the process.
We are seeking volunteers for Probate & Family Courts in the following counties: Suffolk, Middlesex, Norfolk, Essex, Bristol, Plymouth, Barnstable, Hampden and Hampshire.
To sign up:
To find out more about the project or find a partner volunteer, please contact Barbara Siegel at firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-857-6447.
Let us know about the good work you are doing on this project! You can report planned or past reviewing sessions by using this online form or by emailing Barbara Siegel.