Guardianship, Conservatorship, and Other Protective Arrangements Act


The Uniform Guardianship, Conservatorship, and other Protective Arrangements Act (UGCOPAA) is a comprehensive guardianship statute for the twenty-first century. It was drafted with extensive input from experienced guardianship judges and organizations that advocate for guardianship reform. UGCOPAA promotes person-centered planning to incorporate an individual’s preferences and values into a guardianship order, and requires courts to order the least-restrictive means necessary for protection of persons who are unable to fully care for themselves.

Staff Contact

Benjamin Orzeske borzeske@uniformlaws.org


Enactment Status Map

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Legislative Tracking

2018 Introductions & Enactments
Maine LD 123 MoonenEnacted
New Mexico SB 19 WhiteIntroduced


Drafting History

Origin: Completed by the Uniform Law Commission in 2017
Committee/Resources: Guardianship, Conservatorship, and Other Protective Arrangements Act