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New Jersey Statutes, Title: 52, STATE GOVERNMENT, DEPARTMENTS AND OFFICERS
Chapter 27G: Legislative findings and declarations
Section: 52:27G-27.1: Lien on estate of elderly person for services of public guardian
a. The reasonable value of the services rendered by the public guardian may in all cases be a lien on the estate of the elderly person on whose behalf the services have been rendered, pursuant to a court order appointing the public guardian. This lien shall be deemed a preferred claim against the estate of the elderly person and shall have a priority as a debt under subsection c. of N.J.S.3B:22-2.
The lien may be filed against the real or personal property, or an interest or estate in property, whether vested or contingent, of a third party.
b. In order to effectuate a lien, the public guardian shall file a notice with the clerk of the Superior Court in the county in which the elderly person resides, setting forth the services rendered and the reasonable value thereof. Upon the filing of the notice, the lien shall immediately attach to, and become binding upon all of the property, whether real or personal, of the estate against whom the lien is filed.
(1) If the clerk finds that the estate against whom a lien is filed pursuant to this act is possessed of any goods, rights, credits, chattels, monies or effects which are held by a person, firm or corporation for the present or future use of the estate, the clerk shall forward notice of the lien by registered or certified mail to that person, firm or corporation; and the lien shall be binding upon those goods, rights, credits, chattels, monies or effects. Upon receipt of notice of the lien, the person, firm or corporation shall be precluded from disposing of those goods, rights, credits, chattels, monies or effects until the lien is satisfied or until the public guardian consents to that disposition.
A person, firm or corporation who disposes of those goods, rights, credits, chattels, monies or effects after receipt of notice of the lien is liable to the public guardian for the value of the goods, rights, credits, chattels, monies or effects disposed of, or the amount of the lien, whichever is less.
(2) The clerk shall provide suitable books in which he shall enter a lien filed pursuant to this act and shall properly index the lien in the name of the estate against whom the lien has been filed. The public guardian shall not be required to pay filing or recording fees.
c. The public guardian may compromise, settle or waive, in whole or in part, a lien filed pursuant to this act. The public guardian may discharge the lien by filing a certificate or warrant with the clerk of the Superior Court in the county in which the elderly person resides, notifying the clerk of the public guardian's desire to discharge the lien.
L.1989, c.248, s.6.
This section added to the Rutgers Database: 2012-09-26 13:37:56.
Older versions of 52:27G-27.1 (if available):
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