Uniform Adult Guardianship and Protective Proceedings Jurisdiction Act Law and Legal Definition

Uniform Adult Guardianship and Protective Proceedings Jurisdiction Act (UAGPPJA ) is one of the uniform acts prepared and sponsored by the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws. It is a comprehensive act addressing all aspects of guardianships and protective proceedings for both minors and adults. This act addresses the issue of jurisdiction over adult guardianships, conservatorships and other protective proceedings, providing a mechanism for resolving multi-state jurisdictional disputes. The goal is that only one state will have jurisdiction at any one time.

The UAGPPJA is organized into five articles. Article 1 contains definitions and provisions designed to facilitate cooperation between courts in different states. Article 2 is the heart of the Act, specifying which court has jurisdiction to appoint a guardian or conservator. Its overall objective is to locate jurisdiction in one and only one state except in cases of emergency or in situations where the individual owns property located in multiple states. Article 3 specifies a procedure for transferring a guardianship or conservatorship proceedings from one state to another. Article 4 deals with enforcement of guardianship and protective orders in other states. Article 5 contains boilerplate provisions common to all uniform acts. The Act has been adopted by Illinois and Utah.