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Supreme Court appoints members of Guardianship and Conservatorship Reform Task Force; seeks comments
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Iowa Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Cady signed an order last Friday, Aug. 28, appointing 53 members to the Guardianship and Conservatorship Reform Task Force. A list of those appointed can be found here.

The task force was created last January to review Iowa’s guardianship and conservatorship laws and procedures, and to propose recommendations for new court processes and improvements to the current process for statewide adoption. A nine-member steering committee was appointed at the time the task force was created to oversee the effort.

The task force is actively seeking input from the bench and bar regarding issues and problems with the existing guardianship and conservatorship system. Any interested organization, agency or person may submit a written statement and a request to present oral testimony.

According to the Supreme Court, there are currently 22,000 open guardianship and conservatorship cases. More recognition is given to the need for reform at the state and national levels as the number of cases continues to grow.

Those interested in providing input or in learning more can view the request for input here. The deadline for submission of written testimony and to request the opportunity to present oral testimony is no later than the close of business Sept. 14. Individuals may contact Professor Josephine Gittler, member of the Task Force Steering Committee and co-coordinator via email at

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