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Florida: Guardianship ‘Fix’ Heads To Governor’s Desk

April 19, 2017

By Kate Payne A slate of changes to Florida’s guardianship law is heading to the governor’s desk. The updates legislators want are meant to protect some of the state’s most vulnerable residents, but critics worry they’re missing the mark. Florida’s guardianship laws outline how someone is deemed legally incapable of handling their own affairs. Ultimately, finances and end of life issues can all be overseen by a guardian. Here’s St. Petersburg Democrat Ben Diamond explaining how [- more...]

Rhode Island: Richmond probate judge asks whether lawyers are taking too much from woman’s estate

April 19, 2017

By Tom Mooney Journal Staff Writer RICHMOND, R.I. — A contested probate case is raising questions about how a 90-year-old woman from Ohio became involuntarily committed to a Rhode Island assisted-living facility. The case of Rita Cole, of Cincinnati, has attracted the attention of an advocacy group called the Americans Against Abusive Probate Guardianship, which — along with a relative and friend of Cole’s — alleges that a court-appointed guardian had Cole committed to a Providence [- more...]

New book: The Family Guide to Preventing Elder Abuse

April 14, 2017

Thomas Lee Wright published the book The Family Guide to Prevention of Elder Abuse. It went on sale last Friday on Amazon and can be purchased for $12. Dr. Sam Sugar and I wrote chapter 8 of this easy to read 150 page paperback. Pick up a copy, all proceeds will go to the continued fight for greater protections of our nation’s elderly. The Family Guide to Preventing Elder Abuse: How to Protect Your Parents and Yourself: Thomas Lee Wright: 9781510716483: Amazon.com: [- more...]

Nevada: Judge Charles Hoskins & Commissioner Jon Norheim have yet to be held accountable

April 14, 2017

Below is the link to the piece KTNV ABC News ran on Tuesday night on guardian Helen Natko’s felony conviction for theft and exploitation of a vulnerable person. Natko’s conviction further indicts Commissioner Jon Norheim and Judge Charles Hoskin for their longstanding bias to insert guardians to insure the exploitation of the estates of the vulnerable brought before them by their court allies. The criminal court system cut 90% of the evidence out and used only the evidence Terri and I put [- more...]

Nevada: Helen Natko convicted in guardianship abuse case

April 12, 2017

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) – A jury has convicted a Las Vegas woman who was the subject of a Contact 13 Investigation for crimes in a guardianship case. Helen Natko was found guilty of theft and exploitation of a vulnerable person. The victim was her long-time companion Del Mencarelli who passed away in July 2015. Contact 13 Chief Investigator Darcy Spears started looking into guardianship corruption nearly 3 years ago with Del’s case. Natko was appointed Del’s guardian. But Del’s [- more...]

Nevada breaking news: Helen Natko convicted of theft & exploitation

April 11, 2017

The jury came back this morning with a guilty verdict on both counts against Helen Natko. My wife Terri and I are so very thankful to Las Vegas Metropolitan Police investigators and especially to Clark County Chief Deputy District Attorney J.P. Raman and his assistant Katie. Thanks to all of you for your prayers and support the last 3 years. We have been blessed by your support. After four years working diligently to hold Helen Natko, and Commissioner Jon Norheim’s court allies, to account [- more...]

Pennsylvania: the tragic case of mentally-competent Betty Winstanley

April 9, 2017

by Sharyl Attkisson/FullMeasure.news 04/09/2017 — Sharyl: Court-appointed guardianships for incapacitated adults can do a tremendous service protecting their assets, fielding family feuds, and making difficult decisions. But some elderly feel victimized by the very system tasked with protecting them. One estimate in 2013 found 1.5 million adults were under court-ordered guardianships controlling $273 billion in personal assets. Complaints appear to be growing but it’s impossible to know [- more...]

Florida: Guardianship reform thwarted by Judge’s wife

April 9, 2017

By John Pacenti/Palm Beach Post After years of lobbying state legislators, peppering them with horror stories about incapacitated seniors trapped in court-ordered guardianships, advocates thought they had a solution in hand. Lawmakers passed a bill in the 2016 session that would for the first time give Florida the power to regulate professional guardians appointed by judges to control the finances and the medical care of some of the state’s most vulnerable people. No longer would families [- more...]

Sunday April 9, 2017: Are guardianship programs more hurtful than helpful?

April 7, 2017

From Sharyl Attkisson’s Sunday program Full Measure, “Are guardianship programs more hurtful than helpful?“ Full Measure is a weekly Sunday news program focusing on investigative, original and accountability reporting. The host is Sharyl Attkisson, five-time Emmy Award winner and recipient of the Edward R. Murrow award for investigative reporting. She is backed by a team of award winning journalists. April 9, 2017: Click here to view the complete Sharyl Attkisson’s [- more...]
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