Massachusetts Supplemental Probate and Family Court Rule 29B: Temporary Conservatorships and Guardianships
Written notice of a hearing on a petition for a temporary conservatorship or guardianship shall be given at least seven (7) days in advance of said hearing, as follows:
(1) Temporary Guardianship of a Minor.
a. To the minor, if he is fourteen or more years of age; and
b. To all persons named in said petition.
(2) Temporary Guardianship of an Incapacitated Person and Temporary Conservatorship.
a. To the person alleged to be incapacitated or the person to be protected and his or her spouse and children, or, if none, parents, brothers and sisters, or, if none, heirs apparent or presumptive;
b. To any person who is serving as guardian, conservator, or who has the care or custody of the person or with whom the person has resided during the sixty (60) days (exclusive of any period of hospitalization or institutionalization) preceding the filing of the petition;
c. In case no other person is notified under paragraph (a), to at least one of the nearest adult relatives, if any can be found;
d. To all other persons named in the petition;
e. If the person is alleged to be intellectually disabled, to the Department of Developmental Services;
f. To the United States Veteran's Administration or its successor, if the person is entitled to any benefit, estate or income paid or payable by or through said Administration or its successor; and
g. To any other person as directed by the court.
Notice shall be given to the respondent in hand and to all other interested persons by delivery or mail.
No extension of a temporary appointment of a conservator will be allowed unless an inventory and bond of the temporary fiduciary has been filed.
As amended effective February 1, 1982; amended June 24, 2009, effective July 1, 2009, December 14, 2011, effective January 2, 2012.