Guardianship Monitoring Program

Volunteer. Make a meaningful difference in the lives of people who cannot protect themselves.

Guardianship Monitoring Program (GMP) volunteers assist the courts with examining documents contained in guardianship files and entering information about the guardianships into GMS. Volunteers also help obtain current information about incapacitated persons and their guardians and update GMS records. Data that volunteers enter into GMS is used to build the statewide GMS database and to verify that guardians comply with reporting requirements.

In addition, volunteers examine inventories and annual reports filed by guardians. These documents provide the court with information about the affairs of incapacitated persons to ensure that they are being handled properly and in their best interest. Volunteers use GMS to record their findings, including errors or discrepancies in guardians’ reports, and to make recommendations about follow-up action that court staff or Probate Part judges should take.

GMP volunteers must have basic computer skills and should have some experience and/or interest in reading and understanding legal and/or financial documents. Program-specific training is provided for all GMP volunteers

All GMP volunteer work is done in the County Surrogate's office during business hours (generally Monday to Friday between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm). Volunteers are expected to contribute about 6-12 hours per month to the GMP. Schedules are generally flexible, and will be addressed on a case by case basis.

Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older, and are asked to commit to serve for at least one year. Qualified candidates will be interviewed for more details about their qualifications and the volunteer functions. All Judiciary volunteers must be fingerprinted and pass a background check, and must accept and comply with the Code of Conduct for Judiciary Volunteers. For more information about the New Jersey guardianships,

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