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Old 03-17-2020, 09:41 AM   #1
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guardian/conservator: moving ward to another state

Yesterday was Dad's emergency competency hearing in Arizona. After some very strange contention, the judge appointed me as temporary conservator, successor trustee, and my brother and I as temporary co-guardians.

Our hope is to move Dad into Assisted Living in South Dakota. He's got more family and friends there plus its a lot cheaper.

The final hearing is out in early May. The date was moved out in order to get a chance of getting Dad moved to SD and then have the final hearing there.

Originally, my lawyer stated that guardian/conservatorship granted in AZ is valid in SD... there just might be some re-registration of the paperwork.
Yesterday outside the courtroom another (junior) lawyer in the same firm + dad's more experienced lawyer both told me that we have to basically start over if we move Dad to SD... new investigations, reports, hearings, everything. Essentially doubling the (very high) cost.
<I HATE paying big $$ to lawyers and getting different answers!>

My brothers small town SD lawyer says there is no issue with AZ wards moving to SD... just keep filing the annual reporting with the AZ judge.

I will have my lawyer talk directly to the SD lawyer (double $) to get me a final answer. I'm also reading up on "The Uniform Adult Guardianship and Protective Proceedings Jurisdiction Act (UAGPPJA) was designed to simplify the process of moving a guardianship between states."

I was wondering if anybody on here has experience with being granted guardian and/or conservator in one state and then later moving the ward to another state (UAGPPJA states. KS, TX, and FL have not enacted UAGPPJA).
Did you have to start over in the new state?
Or "just" some paperwork in the new state?
Or move (with court permission) and but keep filing reports in the old state?
Any experiences with UAGPPJA states would be helpful.
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Old 03-17-2020, 09:52 PM   #2
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Our good friend was granted Guardianship over her Dad in Michigan. She moved him to Oregon. She had all the investigations done in Michigan. I am almost certain she did not have to redo the backgrounds & case oversight. She filed her reports in Oregon. I'm sure there was some paperwork shuffling between the 2 jurisdictions but it was smooth as those things can be

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