Type: Law/Legal




Law/Legal

Guardianship, Conservatorship, and Other Protective Arrangements Act (January 2017)

The Uniform Guardianship, Conservatorship, and Other Protective Arrangements Act (UGCOPAA) of 2017 is the model guardianship statute produced by the Uniform Law Commission.

The UGCOPAA includes provisions promoting SDM as an alternative to guardianship. (See, e.g., UGCOPAA, Sec. 301(a)(1)(A))

Link includes list of states that have adopted the model statute.

Visit resource: Guardianship, Conservatorship, and Other Protective Arrangements Act





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Texas: Supported Decision-Making Law (2015)

Texas’ Supported Decision-Making statute. Enacted in 2015. S.B. 1881, 84th Leg., Reg. Sess. (Tex. 2015) (codified at TEX. EST. CODE ANN. §§ 1357.001-.102 (West 2017))

For additional bills in Texas related to SDM, see the National Resource Center on Supported Decision-Making Texas page.



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Matter of Dameris L. (January 2012)

Case removing guardianship in favor of supported decision-making model.

“Based on all the evidence in this case, Dameris has demonstrated that she is able to exercise her legal capacity, to make and act on her own decisions, with the assistance of a support network which has come together for her since she first appeared in this court. Terminating the letters of guardianship previously granted to Cruz and Alberto recognizes them, instead, as persons assisting and supporting her autonomy, not superseding it. Terminating the guardianship recognizes and affirms Dameris’s constitutional rights and human rights”

In re Guardianship of Dameris L., 38 Misc. 3d 570 (N.Y. Sur. Ct. 2012).

Visit resource: Matter of Dameris L.