State Guardianship Standards

In a handful of states, state-specific standards have resulted from a combination of private and public initiatives.

Some states, such as North Dakota and Alaska, have adopted the NGA Standards by statute or by rule.  NGA’s Standards also served as a template for the development of state-specific standards in California, Texas, Arizona, and Washington.  In Oregon, an optional guardianship certification process requires compliance with standards similar to NGA’s.  New Hampshire has court-adopted procedures based on NGA Standards.

Congruent with national organizational efforts, some state guardianship associations, such as the Minnesota Association of Guardianship and Conservatorship, have adopted state-specific standards of practice. The court cases listed on this page indicate how courts are applying various standards of practice.

At this time, there are study committees considering the adoption of state-specific cases in Ohio, Idaho, and Oregon.

Many states have guardianship handbooks or brochures offering guidance to guardians or potential guardians, but these do not have the force of law.