New York

The New York State Unified Court System, Office of Court Administration, convened a WINGS Summit at White Plains in March, 2014, bringing together a broad-based group of about 60 stakeholders representing over 30 entities, including those who work with both Article 81 guardianships (general adult statute) and Article 17A (developmental disabilities) under the banner of “Setting the Agenda for Guardianship in New York: Fewer Resources, Greater Collaboration.” Based on responses to the survey, the Steering Committee assigned each summit participant to one of three workgroups: (1) pre-commencement guardianship issues; (2) models of guardianship; and (3) post-appointment guardianship issues. Each workgroup had two facilitators and a structured process for reaching recommendations. The NY-WINGS Summit built on an earlier 2011 statewide meeting on adult guardianship under Article 81 sponsored by the Cardozo School of Law.  

The New York Summit resulted in formation of three ongoing workgroups:
  • Pre-Commencement Issues;
  • Models of Guardianship; and
  • Post-Appointment Issues.
Contact: Michele Gartner
Special Counsel for Surrogate and Fiduciary Matters New York State Unified Court System