The New York State Senate, with the support of Joe Robach, gave final passage to a bill that would help make it easier and less expensive for legal guardians caring for seniors or other elderly relatives living out-of-state to carry out their responsibilities. This is one of many bills supported by Joe Robach which would help our seniors.

The measure (S2534) assists New Yorkers caring for adults in other states, as well as out-of-state individuals caring for elderly New Yorkers when they seek approval to fulfill health care, financial, and other legal responsibilities across state lines. It would create a registration form that would be used uniformly by participating states and replace a costly legal process that often required guardians to hire lawyers.

If signed into law, New York would become the 37th state to adopt a uniform standard for out-of-state legal guardianship of the elderly seniors.

Specifically, the bill, which is supported by the AARP, would:
> Make it easier to enforce protective and guardianship orders by authorizing guardians or conservators to register their New York orders in other states;
> Create a process to transfer a guardianship or conservatorship to another state and for accepting a transfer. This would help eliminate the expense and delay of starting a new proceeding;
> Establish a process to determine which state has jurisdiction to appoint a guardian or conservator if there is a conflict; and
> Protect the elderly from abuse and “granny snatching” by preventing someone from wrongfully taking control and assets from an elder, taking the elder across state lines and being named a guardian. In these situations, courts could decline the guardianship due to unjustifiable conduct and penalize abusers.

The bill will be sent to the Governor for his consideration for signing it into law. For more information on initiatives supporting seniors, contact Joe Robach.