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

July 30, 2015 // 0 Comments

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 gone and, he said, half went to expenses and compensation for the guardian. “My college bills weren’t being paid on time, I got an eviction notice and [- more...]

Colorado lawmaker pledges probate reform after hearing victim stories

July 30, 2015 // 0 Comments

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 Denver, joined her and took notes as family members angrily recounted personal stories. The senators got about 50 [- more...]

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

July 29, 2015 // 0 Comments

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 Guardianship Stakeholders) began considering changes to the current law four years ago. Their [- more...]

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

July 29, 2015 // 0 Comments

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 cocktail. Six months later, Mills’s son Larry filed an application with the Harris County Probate Court to become his mom’s legal guardian. [- more...]

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

July 27, 2015 // 0 Comments

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. If you need anything further please do hesitate to contact me. Evelyn Rivera Analysis: [- more...]

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

July 27, 2015 // 0 Comments

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 article is entitled “The Harper Lee ‘Go Set a Watchman’ Fraud.” So perhaps [- more...]

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

July 26, 2015 // 0 Comments

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 present or is incapacitated, providers may use “professional judgment” to disclose pertinent information to a [- more...]

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

July 26, 2015 // 0 Comments

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 Dependent Adult Rights (CEDAR), language in the bill was expanded to address ALL adult [- more...]

Japan: VOX POPULI – Swift action needed to oust corrupt guardians of mentally incompetent people

July 26, 2015 // 0 Comments

Also, there is no end in sight to embezzlement by guardians who are in the legal profession, such as attorneys and judicial scriveners. The perpetrators even include attorneys who are responsible for supervising the guardians. They have certainly forgotten that their professional credibility is built upon the trust of the public. From July 24, 2015, Vox Populi, Vox Dei is a daily column that runs on Page 1 of The Asahi Shimbun. We can never expect perfection in the workings of society. Flaws [- more...]

Opinion: How do we help seniors at risk of Guardianship?

July 24, 2015 // 0 Comments

Maybe instead of getting them more pills and doctors, we should bring them to the gym, because once they become wards they will never see a gym again. From the American Medical Association (AMA) news: Regular exercise may benefit seniors facing onset of Alzheimer’s The Los Angeles Times (7/24, Healy) reports in “Science Now” on studies presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference suggesting that exercise may benefit people with mild cognitive impairment and [- more...]
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