Limited Guardianship: A New Approach

Third Annual Guardianship Conference

9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Friday, Nov. 9, 2007
Suffolk University Law School
120 Tremont Street
Boston, MA

Limited Guardianship: A New Approach 
Third Annual Guardianship Conference

Is guardianship practice in Massachusetts out of date? Is it reflective of the current understanding of what doctors know about diagnosis and treatment for those with diminished capacity? Is it comparable to the recommendations expressed in the Uniform Probate Code? This year’s guardianship conference, Limited Guardianship: A New Approach, presents the latest medical and legal developments from a multidisciplinary and national perspective, as a framework to discuss limited guardianships and their role in Massachusetts.

Dr. Byron Bair, a nationally recognized psychiatrist, explains the medical approach to diagnosis and treatment and the implications for guardianship. Advancements in diagnostic technology and assessment tools allow greater specificity of the functional limitations that exist in persons with diminished capacity. This advanced understanding of diminished capacity allows the Court to provide for greater independence for the individual subject to the proceedings. The use of orders employing the concept of limited guardianship avoids the plenary removal of the person's rights.

This conference presents various professionals within the court system who have different perspectives on guardianships and the potential role of limited guardianships. Judges, lawyers, assistant Registers, GCMs and a representative of the BBO offer their reflections on existing law and procedures, confidentiality concerns, fiduciary responsibility and the myriad of ethical issues that arise when representing those with diminished capacity. Anyone working with this vulnerable population will benefit from this dialogue and discussion.

Sponsored with:
The Massachusetts Guardianship Association
Flaschner Judicial Institute
Geriatric Care Managers-N.E.
Suffolk University Law School Health & Biomedical Law Concentration

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