Guardianships are important positions. As a guardian, you provide care and help to someone who is unable to care or help him or herself. You act as a liaison and representative of that person. For this reason, it is important that guardians are trustworthy, responsible and capable. The Pennsylvania guardianship program was lacking in many regards, which is why the law changed as of June 1, 2019, according to Mainline Media News.

One of the main changes that some areas already have put into use is the changes to the annual reporting requirements. The forms are now revised and copies will go to all persons required to receive notice of guardianship.

The law also puts into place the Guardianship Tracking System. This system provides more oversight, makes documents more standardized, allows courts to follow up on cases and tracks the status of persons in care.

There was also an issue with placing individuals as guardians. Before the new law, there really were no checks or oversight to ensure the right people were serving as guardians. After the law, any new guardians must complete a background check. He or she must also explain his or her qualifications and give information about any training.

These changes all seek to strengthen the guardianship program. They hold guardians more accountable and ensure the right people become guardians. It is good for everyone because it protects everyone, especially those who need a guardian and who cannot often stand up for themselves. This information is for education and is not legal advice.