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Petition for Guardianship, Family Court





G.L.c. 190B, ß5-304

Docket No. MI18P1591GD

Commonwealth of Massachusetts

The Trial Court

Probate and Family Court

Middlesex Probate and Family Court

208 Cambridge Street

Cambridge, MA 02141

In the matter of: Jarred Smith-Gross RESPONDENT

Of: Groton, MA Alleged Incapacitated Person

To the named Respondent and all other interested persons, a petition has been filed by

Diane Shepard of Lancaster, MA

In the above captioned matter alleging that Jarred Smith-Gross is in need of a Guardian and requesting that Diane Shepard of Lancaster, MA 

(or some other suitable person) be appointed as Guardian to serve Without Surety on the bond.

The petition asks the court to determine that the Respondent is incapacitated, that the appointment of a Guardian is necessary, and that the proposed Guardian is appropriate. The petition is on file with this court and may contain a request for certain specific authority. 

You have the right to object to this proceeding. If you wish to do so, you or your attorney must file a written appearance at this court on or before 10:00 A.M. on the return date of 04/27/2018. This day is NOT a hearing date, but a deadline by which you have to file the written appearance if you object to the petition. If you fail to file the written appearance by the return date, action may be taken in this matter without further notice to you. In addition to filing the written appearance, you or your attorney must file a written affidavit stating the specific facts and grounds of your objection within 30 days after the return date.


The outcome of this proceeding may limit or completely take away the above-named person’s right to make decisions about personal affairs or financial affairs or both. The above-named person has the right to ask for a lawyer. Anyone may make this request on behalf of the above-named person. If the above-named person cannot afford a lawyer, one may be appointed at State expense.

Witness, Hon. Edward D. Donnelly, Jr., First Justice of this Court.

Date: March 30, 2018 Tara E. DeCristifaro 

Register of Probate


It is ORDERED that a copy of this citation be

Served, with a copy of the petition, in hand to Jarred Smith-Gross 

by a disinterested person at least Fourteen (14) days prior to the return date; and

Served on the Department of Developmental Services and/or the United State Department of Veterans’ Affairs, if interested, and served on all other interested persons as defined in G.L. c. 190B, ß5-304, at least Fourteen (14) days prior to the return date by delivering in hand or by mailing by certified, registered, or first-class mail as described in G.L. c. 190B, ß1-401, or by publishing a copy of the citation once in Groton Herald, Groton, publication to be at least Seven (7) days prior to the return date. 

See Standing Order 03-09: Notice in Guardianship of Incapacitated Persons and Conservatorship Matters

Witness, Hon. Edward F. Donnelly, Jr., First Justice of this Court.

Date: March 30, 2018 Tara E. DeCristifaro 

Register of Probate


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