Sadly, as so many investigations have revealed, there exist in Florida a substantial number of abusive "Professional For Profit" guardians and lawyers who have manipulated the Guardianship system and repeatedly exploited their positions to loot the very estates they are sworn to protect.
It is not just elders who are vulnerable--anyone at any age--can be deemed "incapacitated" --even seemingly healthy independent adults--and become " A Ward of the State"
A powerful subgroup of For Profit Guardians has used loopholes in the law and very weak Court moitoring to wreak terrible harm on Wards and their Families while they enrich themselves with exorbitant fees and horribly abusive tactics.
Abusive Guardians twist and subvert the laws giving them total power over the (allegedly) vulnerable in our society and instead of helping the frail among us, use the power of the law to strip away precious Civil Rights and plunder estates, isolate families who get in the way, and in the process destroy lives. They use the very laws intended to help people to destroy innocent people and their families.
It is hard for anyone to understand how such a patently illegitimate siezure of rights and property can go unpunished in this Country. It is even more shocking to realize that this nefarious 21st Century Identity Theft takes place with the complete cooperation of the very Courts and Statutes that are supposed to protect our rights! It is system out of control.
Victims of this abuse are so terrorized and chronically stressed that the term "Legal Abuse Syndrome" has emerged to describe the trauma suffered in these horrible cases.
must reform the For Profit Guardianship process and the laws that govern it.
Our goals are to:
- 1. Assure that complete due
process is afforded to all potential victims and families before an innocent
person is stripped of their civil rights and isolated from family
2. Reform the process that evaluates
and determines “incapacity” by upgrading examiner qualifications, performance,
transparency and accountability
3. Assure transparency in
Guardianship fees, records, estate administration and communication, especially
with family members
4. Establish effective monitoring and reporting systems to
identify deviations from the intent of the Statute
5. Support efforts to expose exploitation of the Elderly and make it a felony