Article 81 guardians are often given broad powers over an Incapacitated Person’s life. One of the more challenging decisions many guardians face is deciding where their ward should live.
Is the current living situation suitable? Should the Incapacitated Person live at home? A nursing home?
Making the decision itself is just one piece of the puzzle. An article 81 guardian in New York must first consult the Order and Judgment appointing them guardian to ensure they have the power to decide where their ward lives, or in legal parlance, “choose the place of abode”. Guardians often need to go back to court to get a judge’s approval to move their ward to a new living environment. This procedure is called making an interim motion.