Georgia: Ex-Probate Court clerk Kim Birge admits stealing $232,000 in abuse of court position

July 31, 2015 SavannahNow.com Ex-Probate Court clerk Kim Birge admits stealing $232,000 in abuse of court position Photo credit: Steve Bisson/Savannah Morning News Kim Birge, indicted former probate court clerk/administrator. By Jan Skutch Former longtime Chatham County Probate Court Chief Clerk Kim Birge on Friday pleaded guilty to stealing $232,000 from the court as part of a scheme in which Read More …

Colorado: Watchdog.org reports Lawmakers to take on receivership, probate abuse

Lawmakers to take on receivership, probate abuse By Arthur Kane | Watchdog.org DENVER — When Diego Conde’s mother died in 2008 she left him a modest $20,000 inheritance to help pay for school and other expenses. But since he wasn’t 18, the court appointed a guardian to oversee the estate. By the time he turned of age, the money was Read More …

Colorado lawmaker pledges probate reform after hearing victim stories

July 30, 2015 The Denver Post: A state senator plans to introduce legislation next year that would provide greater protection to families who saw their estates diminished or wiped out by court-appointed fiduciaries. Laura Woods, an Arvada Republican, took statements from about two dozen people who went Wednesday to a hearing about probate reform. A Senate Democrat, Pat Steadman of Read More …

Missouri: Proposed changes to guardianship law would give wards stronger voice, task force members say

July 28, 2015, Springfield (MO) News-Leader: Proposed changes to guardianship law would give wards stronger voice, task force members say Proposed changes to Missouri’s guardianship law would give some wards a stronger voice in their affairs, according to members of the task force who drafted a revision to the current law. The Mo-Wings task force (Missouri’s Working Interdisciplinary Network of Read More …

Texas Guardianship–same story, different zip code: Families Go to Battle in Probate Court, Only to Leave Without Anything

July 28, 2015, Houston Press: Families Go to Battle in Probate Court, Only to Leave Without Anything In October 2007, Willie Jo Mills of Houston suffered a stroke that paralyzed the right side of her body. A widow with two daughters and a son, the 80-year-old woman was prescribed a variety of pain medications, but doctors couldn’t find the right Read More …

Florida Analysis: Guardianship cases of the last decade in Miami-Dade probate court

Subject: GD cases from ETG’s Date: 2015-07-24 12:11 From: “Rivera, Evelyn (COC)” To: “Sam Sugar, MD” Good afternoon Dr. Sugar, Attached you will find the report you requested consisting of Guardianship cases that were preceded by an Order assigning an Emergency Temporary Guardian in a Mental Health case. The report includes all Guardianship cases filed during the last ten years. Read More …

NYTimes – The Harper Lee ‘Go Set a Watchman’ Fraud

AAAPG is not the only group to inquire about the apparent exploitation of Harper Lee by her attorney, acting as Trustee, in the publication of Lee’s supposed prequel to To Kill A Mockingbird. The New York Times’ Joe Nocera has come right out and declared this publishing “sensation” by Rupert Murdoch’s HarperCollins, a “fraud.” To make it plainly clear, the Read More …

NYTimes: Hipaa’s Use as Code of Silence Often Misinterprets the Law

Filed under our new category: Know Your Rights July 17, 2015, The New York Times, “The New Old Age” column by Paula Span  (emphasis added) Intended to keep personal health information private, the law does not prohibit health care providers from sharing information with family, friends or caregivers unless the patient specifically objects. Even if he or she is not Read More …

California: AB 1085 Signed by Governor Brown – All Adults Have A Right to Visitation

Date: Sun, 26 Jul 2015 07:53:19 -0700 Subject: California AB 1085 Signed by Governor Brown: All Adults Have A Right to Visitation From: Linda Kincaid, MPH AB 1085 originated in response to isolation of Casey Kasem by his wife.  The original bill only addressed visitation in step-family relationships. With encouragement from California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform (CANHR) and Coalition for Elder and Read More …