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New Jersey: court-appointed attorney pleads guilty to $3.8 Million theft from multiple elderly clients

June 28, 2015

Easy prey Elderly and vulnerable, 16 men and women became prime targets for theft. Betrayal of trust: Part Two Barbara and Ken Martin never stood a chance. Thoroughly outmatched, their legal fight to free Barbara Martin’s aunt, Helen Hugo, from the grip of what they believed to be an unwarranted guardianship in 2012 ended in a humiliating defeat. Not only was Hugo, then 81, declared mentally incapacitated, but the last of her retirement savings was awarded to the attorneys who represented [- more...]

Florida’s 12th Judicial District creates overseer for guardianship

June 25, 2015

From the front page of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune: Abuses of the elder guardianship system documented in recent Herald-Tribune articles are prompting local court officials to consider creating a new oversight position. Walt Smith, the court administrator for Florida’s 12th Judicial Circuit covering Sarasota, Manatee and Desoto counties, and incoming chief Judge Charles Williams proposed a plan Wednesday to hire a monitor who would investigate complaints about guardians. The two officials [- more...]

Opinion: To Florida Gov Rick Scott – Thank you may not be enough

June 24, 2015

Thank you may not be enough Last night Gov. Rick Scott of the great state of Florida did something that no other governor in this country has done to date. He demonstrated his sincere and abiding concern for the welfare of the citizens of the State of Florida. He took a courageous position to override the petty, banal, greedy, illegitimate business as usual attitude of others in elected office who are content to continue to look the other way as innocent victims of Florida’s deep dark [- more...]

Breaking news: Florida Gov Scott vetoes appropriation to Lutheran Services

June 24, 2015

Florida Gov. Rick Scott vetoed the $750,000.00 appropriation going to Lutheran Services Florida. Lutheran Services Florida (LSF) is the company holding several Floridians hostage under Guardianship laws, including AAAPG member Julie London Ferguson’s mother, Marise Ferguson. Ferguson states that Gov Scott’s veto “sends a message that Florida is recognizing that the Guardianship system was created to help indigents in need, not our wealthier sector who had their advanced [- more...]

Florida: Rep Passidomo thanks supporters upon passage of HB 5

June 23, 2015

AAAPG congratulates our founder Dr. Sam Sugar, VP of Legislative initiatives Lidya Abramovici, and members Julie London Ferguson and Doug Franks on their historic work, securing passage of HB 5, and its becoming law in Florida on July 1, 2015.  Each of the above-mentioned received a lovely thank-you note from Rep. Kathleen  Passidomo: 20115-06-22 Thank you letter from Rep Passidomo upon passage of HB 5 [- more...]

Florida: Clerk and comptroller of Palm Beach County – “Guardianship laws still weak in state”

June 23, 2015

The following Letter to the Editor of the Palm Beach Post was written by Sharon R Bock, Clerk and Comptroller of Palm Beach County, Florida: Guardianship laws still weak in state In 2010, the Palm Beach County Clerk and Comptroller’s Office launched its Guardianship Fraud Program and hotline. Through its Division of Inspector General, more than 2,800 guardianship cases — with assets totaling more than a half-billion dollars — are subject to an extensive audit. To date, this office has [- more...]

New York: Fox News5 Investigates – Nassau County judge approves triple and quadruple billing by guardian and his attorney

June 18, 2015

June 17, 2015 Nassau County, NY Fox News5’s Mary Garofalo investigates the cases of Esta Veron and Lillian Rubian – both women were put under court-ordered guardianship of Sam Rausman and attorney William Bryk who proceeded to triple and quadruple bill Ms. Rubian for “social services” and related guardianship and legal services.  And it’s all legal, because a judge has approved without question or oversight, and against any complaints by the former ward, all [- more...]

Pennsylvania: a tale of two guardianships

June 15, 2015

From Rebel Pundit’s Michael Volpe comes a detailed of two different guardianships, both gone horribly awry.  Both guardianships, while involving two unrelated families, occurred in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania’s Orphan’s Court, in front of Judge Stanley Ott.  Both guardianships were awarded by Judge Ott to frequent court-appointee, attorney Diane Zabowski, in direct contradiction to existing Power of Attorney, Wills, and other requests that the ward be represented by counsel [- more...]
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