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Guardianship Law: Massachusetts

A guide to resources for researching guardianship of the elderly and incapacitated

Subject Headings

To locate other relevant books and articles in ScholarOneSearch, try a SUBJECT search using one of these Library of Congress subject headings:

  • Conservatorships -- Massachusetts
  • Guardian and ward -- Massachusetts
  • Probate law and practice -- Massachusetts


Massachusetts Laws


Guardianship law became part of the Massachusetts Uniform Probate Code in 2009.  It is codified at M.G.L. c.190B, Article V.

Other Secondary Sources


Mass. Practice is a state encyclopedia useful for getting a broad overview of a subject, with citations to primary law.  Check out the following:

  • Vol. 22, Probate Law and Practice, Chapter 45: Guardianship
  • Vol. 22, Probate Law and Practice, Chapter 46: Temporary Guardianship

Mass. Practice is available in print and on Westlaw.


In addition to their expert analysis, law review and law journal articles are well-researched and contain citations to primary law and other secondary sources. Find them on Westlaw, Lexis, and especially in HeinOnline's Law Journal Library.

Search terms to try:  guardianship, guardian, public guardianship, public guardian, elderly, incapacity, incapacitated

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