Volunteers Sought For County Guardianship Monitoring Program

COURT HOUSE — Cape May County Surrogate M. Susan Sheppard, Esq. is seeking volunteers to be part of the Guardianship Monitoring Program in Cape May County. The state-wide initiative calls for volunteers to monitor the well-being of the elderly and disabled who rely on legal guardians to manage their financial and health-related decisions.

Surrogate Sheppard said, “Volunteers are the foundation of this program – The Guardianship Monitoring Program enables Attorneys, Accountants, Retired Professionals, Students and others to volunteer to assist and protect our most vulnerable residents. We are in need of volunteers for our program in Cape May County.”

“As a society, we must protect those who are most vulnerable, it is our responsibility to ensure that those who have guardians appointed are well taken care of in Cape May County,” added Surrogate Sheppard. According to Census data, the population of elderly and disabled Americans will grow dramatically in coming years. Surrogate Sheppard stressed, “It is essential that we take steps to protect those with guardians by enhancing the level of oversight of legal guardians which this program does – but volunteers are the key to its success.”

Legal guardians in New Jersey are appointed by the court and are responsible for making decisions on behalf of an incapacitated person about personal and medical care, meals, transportation and even where the person lives. Guardians take control of the person’s assets, manage budgets, pay debts and make financial and investment decisions.

Legal guardians can be family members, friends, attorneys and others. They not only manage the affairs of people they assist, but also must report annually on the financial status and the general well-being of the individual in their charge. Written reports are filed each year with the county surrogate. The annual reports are designed to provide the courts with key information on the quality of financial management.

Surrogate Sheppard said, “Volunteers work directly in my office to review guardian files and the annual reports.” Volunteers receive detailed training from court staff on how to read and analyze the guardians’ annual reports and how to gather data for the new computer system. Volunteer monitors flag inconsistent or incomplete financial information, which is then reported to judges for appropriate action.

To access the volunteer application go to: www.njcourts.com/guarianship. Questions can be submitted to: njguardianship.mailbox@judiciary.state.nj.us or call Cape May County Surrogate M. Susan Sheppard, Esq. at 609-463-6667.

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16 Responses to “Volunteers Sought For County Guardianship Monitoring Program”

  1. Thelma Says:

    Great going, NJ!

  2. Thelma Says:

    Great going, NJ!

  3. Anonymous Says:

    This is a joke ………… So now the public has access to confidential information that perhaps families do not not.This violates the Federal Privacy Act. Volunteers, lets see developers, nosy neighbors and others could access information. What happens when families are dragged into court to deplete the assets so corrupt attorneys and whoever take homes bank accounts etc. Oh and in NJ this was overturned several years ago as unconstitutional. Volunteers /if the government wants to take people's rights away then they should pay to protect the assets.

  4. Anonymous Says:

    This is a joke ………… So now the public has access to confidential information that perhaps families do not not.This violates the Federal Privacy Act. Volunteers, lets see developers, nosy neighbors and others could access information. What happens when families are dragged into court to deplete the assets so corrupt attorneys and whoever take homes bank accounts etc. Oh and in NJ this was overturned several years ago as unconstitutional. Volunteers /if the government wants to take people's rights away then they should pay to protect the assets.

  5. Hedy Says:

    Sounds great…but the last persons that you want enlist as volunteers would be attorneys and all affilliated with the legal aspect of guardianship. This is exactly why my mother will never get out of the situation she is in. Caused by my sister's greed and continued by the good old boys club of the legal system overseeing the " professional guardian".Once they get you in the system you never get heard or get out.

  6. Hedy Says:

    Sounds great…but the last persons that you want enlist as volunteers would be attorneys and all affilliated with the legal aspect of guardianship. This is exactly why my mother will never get out of the situation she is in. Caused by my sister's greed and continued by the good old boys club of the legal system overseeing the " professional guardian".Once they get you in the system you never get heard or get out.

  7. Betty Says:

    Glad to see this program expanding in NJ

  8. Betty Says:

    Glad to see this program expanding in NJ

  9. Anonymous Says:

    It may be expanding all right one big stall tactic to keep the system broken and them robbing the disabled.Anyone under a guardianship is deemed disabled

  10. Anonymous Says:

    It may be expanding all right one big stall tactic to keep the system broken and them robbing the disabled.Anyone under a guardianship is deemed disabled

  11. StandUp Says:

    way to go NJ!

  12. StandUp Says:

    way to go NJ!

  13. Norma Says:

    I want to respond to some of the negative comments here. NJ is setting up a monitoring system. One of the loudest complaints advocates have is that guardianship is not monitored. Sure, it won't be perfect, but it's a start and I am glad they've taken this step and it's already spreading.

  14. Norma Says:

    I want to respond to some of the negative comments here. NJ is setting up a monitoring system. One of the loudest complaints advocates have is that guardianship is not monitored. Sure, it won't be perfect, but it's a start and I am glad they've taken this step and it's already spreading.

  15. Anonymous Says:

    Well it's only great if it is not your finances opened up to the public. The volunteer can be an 18 year old college student or a person's neighbor or the predators and attorneys dragging the disabled bad to court to deplete the assets.The predators bank on people not thinking this through.When you are ready to make your finances public then say this is great… there are better ways to protect the assets starting with the government paying all court costs and capping them ………….

  16. Anonymous Says:

    Well it's only great if it is not your finances opened up to the public. The volunteer can be an 18 year old college student or a person's neighbor or the predators and attorneys dragging the disabled bad to court to deplete the assets.The predators bank on people not thinking this through.When you are ready to make your finances public then say this is great… there are better ways to protect the assets starting with the government paying all court costs and capping them ………….

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