AN ACT RELATIVE TO THE SETTLEMENT OF CLAIMS OF MINORS AND INCOMPETENT PERSONS.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives
in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same,
Chapter 231 of the General Laws
is hereby amended by inserting after section 140C the following section:-
Section 140C>. The trial court may review and approve a settlement for
damages because of personal injury to a minor or incompetent person in
any case before the court where any party has filed a petition for settlement
approval signed by all parties. The trial court may make such orders and take
such action as it deems necessary to effectuate the disposition of a settlement
approval including but not limited to the appointment of a guardian, the
appointment of a guardian ad litem, or the holding of an evidentiary hearing.
Any party to a settlement of a claim of a minor or incompetent person, when
such claim is not in suit, may initiate an action by filing a complaint and
petition for settlement approval for the purpose of seeking the court's
approval of the settlement under this section.