Commend New Jersey Court for Establishing Volunteer Guardianship Monitoring Program

Judicial

Target:  Chief Justice Stuart Rabner, New Jersey Judiciary System

Goal: Thank Chief Justice Rabner for implementing a guardianship monitoring program to protect the state’s most vulnerable residents

The chief justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court has issued a new program that will prevent the elderly and disabled from being swindled. The court appoints guardians to those who are unable to care for themselves or manage their finances. Commend Chief Justice Stuart Rabner for employing this new guardianship program, keeping elderly and disabled individual’s well-being a top priority.

Every guardian that is appointed by a New Jersey judge is responsible for managing the personal affairs of an elderly or incapacitated person. Responsibilities include medical care, transportation, paying bills, and managing financial investments. Legal guardians can be friends, family members, or anyone the judge deems necessary that is reliable and trustworthy to maintain the well-being of the person in their charge.

Chief Justice Rabner stated that this new program will contain a database that will track every guardian and ensure that each case is reviewed annually. The role of the volunteers, who are assigned to the project, will read the reports and make note of those with incomplete or inconsistent financial information. The annual reports are intended to supply the court with important information regarding the management quality of the person in guardian care.

As the population ages, the rates of Alzheimer’s disease is increasing. Last year alone, 3,900 were declared incapacitated, therefore relinquishing their affairs to a guardian. Because the state does not have an inclusive tally of the number of people who are actually under the care of guardians, many reports often go unread. Chief Justice Rabner referred to several cases of theft where the guardian essentially stole from the people they were caring for. With training from the state’s judiciary branch, a more thorough approach will help to highlight potential theft or fraud.

Commend Chief Justice Rabner for employing this new guardianship monitoring program to methodically review reports, protecting the state’s most vulnerable citizens.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Chief Justice Stuart Rabner,

The population is aging, which is increasing the rates of Alzheimer’s and other debilitating diseases. By the year 2030, nearly 20 percent of New Jersey’s residents will be 65 years of age or older. This is cause for action regarding the number of guardians who will need to be monitored upon approval from the courts. Fortunately, by implementing this new volunteer based guardian monitoring program, you are helping to protect the state’s most vulnerable citizens.

After volunteers are properly trained by judiciary branch members, they will be able to scrutinize every annual report, cutting down on the number of theft and fraud cases against those who are incapacitated. Therefore, I commend your efforts for making the elderly and disabled a top priority and encourage future volunteer projects of the same regard.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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