Nevada’s guardianship system has undergone dramatic changes during the past year. The system has been plagued by scandal, controversy and a backlog. Among other reforms, the Nevada Legislature passed new laws intended to increase accountability for professional guardians. Those new laws require that, by January 1, 2016, professional guardians have a license issued by the Nevada Department of Business and Industry. A professional guardian is anyone who is a guardian for three or more wards.
Nevada State Business and Industry Chief George Burns says while his division has been tasked with the licensure of private guardians, they were not given additional staff to implement AB325.
A formal workshop needs to be scheduled for mid-December, and regulations need to be confirmed by the Legislative Counsel Bureau.
That means they won’t meet the January 1st deadline.
This of course raises some serious questions, not answered in the TV report above. What happens to professional guardians, who, through no fault of their own, don’t have the required license January 1, 2016 because state bureaucrats couldn’t meet the deadline? How will courts respond when professional guardians don’t have the required licenses?