Guardianship and Conservatorship has been a topic of national discussion in recent years. There is concern that there is not an option for individuals who need more support than powers of attorney can provide, but may not need the full support offered by guardianship and/or conservatorship. A popular option, formally offered in some states, but not currently in Idaho, is called Supported Decision Making, and would offer a hybrid level of support with legal backing.
Recently, a group of attorneys and advocates from all 50 states reviewed the guardianship and conservatorship laws around the country. They proposed new guardianship and conservatorship laws for all 50 states to review with a goal of creating a more uniform guardianship and conservatorship system nationwide. Currently lawyers and advocates in Idaho are reviewing these proposed laws to determine how they will be implemented in Idaho.
One end result of these updates is to recognize more fully an individual’s right to make their own decisions. Supported decision-making is part of these new proposals.
Alan is involved in this review process and is working with Idaho attorneys to develop, refine, and present new legislation to Idaho. We will offer more information on this process as it becomes available. If you are a parent, guardian, or caregiver of someone who needs the support of others as an adult, and you would like your voice heard during the information gathering process, please take our survey.