Temporary Changes to the Guardianship Laws

In light of the quickly changing circumstances regarding COVID-19 and lack of access to the courts, Brandow Law would like to make our special needs families aware of temporary changes to the guardianship laws codified under Article 17 of the Surrogate's Court Procedure Act. It allows a standby (back up) guardian to be designated in writing, in the event the primary guardian is unable to act due to illness or death:

FYI- For parents and caretakers of intellectually disabled or developmentally disabled minors or adults:

On April 7, 2020, Governor Cuomo issued an emergency executive order modifying guardianship procedures under the Surrogate's Court Procedure Act. It allows parents, guardians, legal custodians and primary caretakers to designate a standby guardian by means of a written designation, without a court proceeding. This executive order applies to health care workers, volunteers and anyone who reasonably believes they have been exposed to COVID-19. Brandow Law can address any questions you may have regarding this provision.

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