The Supreme Court of New Jersey recently adopted a new standardized Judgment of Incapacity for Guardianship cases, to be used by the probate courts throughout the state. It’s called the Revised Model Judgment.
The Judgment is the final court order signed by the Judge which generally appoints the Guardian of Person and Property and places an array of obligations and limitations on the Guardian. The purpose of the Model Judgment is to create state-wide uniformity.
Every year on the anniversary date of the guardianship, the Guardian is required to file an Annual Report. New reporting forms have been adopted – Report of Well-Being (for medical/health) and Accounting Reports.
The forms can be found at: http://www.judiciary.state.nj.us/forms.htm#guardianship. You can also download these forms all at once from this blog: Click here to download.
The annual reports are designed to protect the person under guardianship by improving the guardian’s accountability. Also, they provide the county Surrogate’s Court with information for the guardianship monitoring activity that is conducted. The new report forms are much more detailed. The report of well-being requires submission of a letter from the doctor reviewing the overall medical condition and treatment of the person under guardianship. These new forms must be used by all Guardians appointed from now on, and must be served on the adult family members as well when they are filed.
We have collected the recommended forms to file for this Report. We have also added “PRINTABLE” versions of those forms which otherwise require Adobe Acrobat Reader software to view. You can download our ZIP archive of Annual Guardianship Report forms by clicking here.
For assistance with your guardianship annual report obligations, or with other guardianship issues, please contact us online, or call us at 732-382-6070.