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From NAELA Newsletter (via Josh)
New Report Estimates Total Pending Guardianship Case
A new study by the National Center for State Courts attempts to estimate
the total number of guardianships and conservatorships in place in the
United States. Estimating this figure is tricky because of the lack of
consistent data collection across jurisdictions and for other reasons.
Nevertheless, the report suggests that at least 1.5 million adults were
under guardianship/conservatorship in 2008. Hereâ€™s an excerpt from the
report: â€œThe reliance of projecting national estimates on data
provided by four states is less than ideal. Yet the data, which do not
include adult conservatorships, provide the best available figures for
active pending adult guardianships at this time. Using an average from
the four states, there are 664 active pending cases per 100,000 adults.
When applied to the U.S. adult population, this would mean there are 1.5
million active pending adult-guardianship cases. However, the variance
between states is high, and the number of active pending
adult-guardianship cases could range from fewer than 1 million to more
than 3 million.â€
Source: National Center for State Courts (May 2011)