Did you know that Florida is ground zero for an industry of guardians and lawyers who manipulate the Guardianship system and exploit their positions to loot the very estates they are sworn to protect?
Anyone at any age can be deemed "incapacitated" --even seemingly healthy independent adults--and become " A Ward of the State"
A powerful well connected and monied group of For Profit Guardians has used the law and a very weak Court moitoring system to wreak terrible harm on Wards and their Families while they enrich themselves with exorbitant fees and 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 behavior 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 unmonitored and 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.
We must reform the For Profit Guardianship process and the laws that govern it. Our goals are to:
Assure due process and adhereance to the statutory safeguards so routinely ignored in probate court
Reform the process that evaluates and determines “incapacity” by upgrading examiner qualifications, performance, transparency and accountability
Assure transparency in Guardianship fees, records, estate administration and communication, especially with family members
Establish effective monitoring and reporting systems to identify deviations from the intent of the Statute