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Will Dr. “Buzz” Aldrin be ruled incapacitated?

August 1, 2018 // 5 Comments

  There are currently 49.2 million Americans aged 65 or older, and this number is expected to grow (referred to by many as the “Silver Tsunami”). Of this population, 1.3 to as many as 3 million (or more) individuals are in guardianships. These guardianships affect successive generations and their proper expectations of inheritance so that the total number of people involved in subject to the consequences of guardianship could be as high as 30 million. And as John Oliver pointed out in [- more...]

OPPG’s first major action in FL

July 17, 2018 // 1 Comment

Court-appointed professional guardian Elizabeth “Betsy” Savitt broke state law in cases involving disabled individuals and seniors citizens, often with the help of her husband — then sitting Circuit Court Judge Martin Colin — according to a blistering complaint by the state’s new guardianship office. The complaint is the first of its kind by the Office of Public and Professional Guardians, which was formed in 2016 by the state Legislature in the wave of criticisms about professional [- more...]

And now the FINRA attack on Seniors

July 9, 2018 // 3 Comments

FINRA rules   Predictably as more and more information becomes available detailing financial abuses against seniors by individuals and institutions, institutional responses to the perceived threats have emerged. As expected, the cures are even worse than the problem.   One such response from FINRA has spawned situations in which the abuses even compounded.   Effective February 5, 2018, members of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) have new account obligations for [- more...]

National: The Truth About Custody Battles Involving the Aging

July 2, 2018 // 0 Comments

On May 15, 2018, federal judge Lee H. Rosenthal in Houston issued a landmark ruling allowing a wrongful death lawsuit to proceed against the $500,000 public official bond of state probate judge Christine Butts in Harris County. The claim against Judge Butts’ bond was brought to the Southern District federal court of Texas by Sherry Johnston who alleges Judge Butts turned a blind eye to the preventable decline of her aging mother Willie Jo Mills while she was a ward of the State of Texas under [- more...]

Letter from AAAPG founder to US Senators Susan Collins and Bob Casey, Committee on Aging

June 25, 2018 // 1 Comment

The following is a letter from AAAPG founder Dr Sam Sugar to Senators Susan Collins and Bob Casey, respectively the Chairman and Ranking Member of the US Senate Special Committee on Aging TO: Senator Susan Collins, Chairman        Senator Bob Casey, Ranking Member        US Senate Special Committee on Aging Via e-mail June 24, 2018 Honorable Chairman Collins and ranking member Casey It is my privilege to communicate with you as Founder and President of  our national  501(c)(3) [- more...]

New Mexico: Pair plead guilty to fleecing WWII vet of $340,000; receive no jail time

June 24, 2018 // 0 Comments

Problems in the guardianship system in New Mexico continue. I’m referring to the article by Phaedra Haywood (“Pair plead guilty to fleecing WWII vet.” April 27). Obviously; Judge Mary Marlowe Sommer did not believe that 26 criminal counts were serious enough to put the couple in this case in jail. It’s the same twisted logic that allows attorneys and judges in this state to continue to overlook such criminals to hold them accountable. District Attorney Marco Serna stated [- more...]

Florida, Texas, all states – ? Death by guardianship

June 16, 2018 // 0 Comments

The following is written by journalist and AAAPG member Juliette Fairley, in honor of two guardianship victims, Marcia DeZenzo and Doris Davis, the 2nd of whom died on June 5, 2018: On the surface, Marcia DiZenzo had nothing in common with Doris Davis. The 40 something year old DiZenzo hails from Connecticut but lived in Florida while Davis, an octogenarian, was a ride or die Texan. DiZenzo was Italian-American while Davis was African American. DiZenzo was born in August; Davis in November.  [- more...]

Texas: 5th circuit appeal for injunctive relief follows allegations of ADA violations by Texas courts

June 12, 2018 // 0 Comments

From the SE Texas Record By David Yates | Jun 11, 2018 SAN ANTONIO – The Manhattan resident who sued her San Antonio-based mother Mauricette Fairley for fraudulently and unconstitutionally guardianizing her blind military veteran father James Fairley has filed a notice of voluntary dismissal without Prejudice with the federal Western District Court of Texas. The pleading was filed last week and states that plaintiff Juliette Fairley’s “voluntary dismissal against Defendant Mauricette [- more...]

New Mexico: Court administrator admits “We have no records showing the exact number of wards under guardianship in NM”

June 5, 2018 // 1 Comment

We were shocked, but ultimately not surprised, to find Barry Massey, Communications Officer for New Mexico’s Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) admit, in writing, We have no records showing the “exact number of wards under guardianship in NM” because it is uncertain how many of the total case filings remain active and require judicial monitoring Please see these two PDFs (below) which explain how instead of answering the question about how many wards have been created by judges [- more...]

Comedy? Guardianship corruption covered by John Oliver in Last Week Tonight

June 4, 2018 // 1 Comment

Most who have been put through the wringer of guardianship will not find this comedy sketch much to laugh about, but John Oliver has helped all of us advocating for guardianship reform achieve a valuable goal: making 7 Million viewers, overnight & primarily under the age of 50, aware of the abuses occurring daily under guardianship in the US. If past episodes of Last Week Tonight are any indication, John Oliver may return to the topic of guardianship and delve into it as a continuing, [- more...]
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