Bill S4179-2015

Makes technical correction relating to notice of petition for the appointment of a guardian for purposes of property management

Makes technical correction relating to notice of petition for the appointment of a guardian for purposes of property management.

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Actions

  • Jun 1, 2015: SUBSTITUTED BY A490
  • May 5, 2015: ADVANCED TO THIRD READING
  • May 4, 2015: 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • Apr 29, 2015: 1ST REPORT CAL.495
  • Mar 5, 2015: REFERRED TO MENTAL HEALTH AND DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES

Votes

VOTE: COMMITTEE VOTE: - Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities - Apr 29, 2015
Ayes (11): Ortt, Carlucci, Felder, Hannon, Murphy, Serino, Seward, Hamilton, Krueger, Rivera, Serrano

Memo

BILL NUMBER:S4179

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the mental hygiene law, in relation to notice of petition for the appointment of a guardian for purposes of property management

PURPOSE OF BILL:

Amends Mental Hygiene Law section 81.21(c), to reduce the possibility for confusion among practitioners and litigants seeking to satisfy Mental Hygiene Law section 81.21(c)'s notice requirements.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS OF BILL:

The bill amends Mental Hygiene Law section 81.21(c) to replace the erroneous reference to section 81.07(d) with a reference to Mental Hygiene Law section 81.07(e)(1) that enumerates the individuals who are entitled to notice via service of process of Orders to Show Cause in Article 81 guardianship proceedings.

JUSTIFICATION:

The authority of a guardian appointed under Article 81 of the New York Mental Hygiene Law ("MHL") to transfer an incapacitated person's assets to another is derived from MHL section 81.21(a). In enacting MHL section 81.21, "the Legislature gave statutory recognition to the common-law doctrine of substituted judgment by expressly authorizing the transfer of a part of the incapacitated person's assets to or for the benefit of another person on the ground that the incapacitated person would have made the transfer if he or she had the capacity to act." (MATTER OF MILDRED A., 21 Misc.3d 1123(A), at *4 (Sup. Ct., Nassau County 2008).

MHL section 81.21(c) provides that, when an Article 81 guardian seeks to transfer an incapacitated person's assets under that section, "the persons entitled to notice in accordance with paragraph one of subdivision (d) of section 81.07 of the (Mental Hygiene Law)", among others, shall receive notice of the application. The failure to satisfy the notice requirements set forth in MHL section 81.21(c) can have serious practical implications, including subjecting the court-authorized transfers to subsequent determinations that they are invalid. See, MATTER OF BURNS, 267 A.D.2d 755, 757 (3d Dept. 1999).

Although MHL section 81.21(c) specifically references MHL section 81.07(d)(1), it appears that the cross-reference to MHL section 81.07(d)(1) is erroneous. In its current form, MHL section 81.07(d) contains the legend for Orders to Show Cause commencing MHL Article 81 guardianship proceedings. Instead, it is MHL section 81.07(e)(1) that enumerates the individuals who are entitled to service of process of Orders to Show Cause in Article 81 proceedings. They include: (a) the alleged incapacitated person; (b) the attorney for the alleged incapacitated person; and (c) the court evaluator.

Based upon the foregoing, MHL section 81.21(c) should be amended to help ensure that all individuals whom the Legislature intended to receive notice of applications made under section 8121 receive such notice; and to reduce the possibility for confusion among

practitioners and litigants seeking to satisfy MHL section 81.21(c)'s notice requirements.

These objectives can be accomplished by amending MHL section 81.21(c) to reference MHL section 81.07(e)(1), rather than MHL section 81.07(d)(1).

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:

New Bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS FOR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS:

None.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

Immediately.


Text

STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 4179 2015-2016 Regular Sessions IN SENATE March 5, 2015 ___________
Introduced by Sen. ORTT -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Mental Health and Develop- mental Disabilities AN ACT to amend the mental hygiene law, in relation to notice of peti- tion for the appointment of a guardian for purposes of property management THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Paragraph (i) of subdivision (c) of section 81.21 of the mental hygiene law, as added by chapter 698 of the laws of 1992, is amended to read as follows: (i) the persons entitled to notice in accordance with paragraph one of subdivision [(d)] (E) of section 81.07 of this article; S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

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