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New Jersey: Man released from guardianship; Guardian tells him his life savings is “all gone” plus his condo is in foreclosure and his possessions have been sold

May 20, 2015

From USAToday: TOMS RIVER, N.J. — A 75-year-old placed under the care of a public guardian after suffering a traumatic brain injury in a fall almost two years ago finally has won back his independence. But Ken Schmidt’s savings and many of his assets are gone — sold off to pay for his assisted-living care, his guardian told him. ” ‘It’s all gone.’ That’s their classic answer: ‘I’m sorry, it’s all gone.’ And they won’t give me [- more...]

Florida breaking news: court ousts professional guardian; insists pre-need directives have priority

May 20, 2015

Palm Beach County guardian case: Will living will be honored? By John Pacenti – Palm Beach Post Staff Writer Posted: 4:22 p.m. Monday, May 18, 2015 Delray Beach — Col. J. Alan Smith no longer can talk or walk. The 83-year-old former Boynton Beach resident is said to be in the throes of Stage 4 dementia. But when he still had his faculties in October 2009, Smith – who worked for 30 years for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers – said he wanted his then-girlfriend, Glenda Martinez-Smith, [- more...]

Texas: Analysis of the guardianship of Dr. Mike Reichert and proposed HB 1438

May 19, 2015

Read the complete coverage of the latest shocking Guardianship Abuse case – once again committed by a sitting judge and his court-appointees – concerning how Titus County Judge Brian Lee was able to declare Dr. Mike Reichert mentally incompetent without the Texas State Constitution’s guaranteed protections of Due Process, including the right to trial by jury and the right to appeal a determination of mental incapacity. Perhaps more shocking, is that the currently convened [- more...]

Texas: Guardianship filed by auto mechanic against local wealthy doctor

May 19, 2015

From Becky Oliver at FOX News, Dallas, Texas: Investigation: Guarding the Guardians | Fox4News.com ROCKWALL, Texas – No one likes to think about end-of-life decisions. But if you’ve got family and a legal plan, no one can interfere, right? In Texas, a guardianship can take away everything you’ve set up — even remove your family from the picture. Hard to believe? It is happening in Texas. Guardianships have been a hot topic in the legislature this session because there is [- more...]

White paper: The Duplicity of Bar Associations

May 18, 2015

If only the victims in guardianship had a tiny fraction of the due process that judges and lawyers enjoy, what a different world it would be. As our research has shown time and again, innocent individuals caught up in the flytrap of for-profit guardianship do not have the benefit of due process nor do they have the protection of the civil rights guaranteed to each of us by our Constitution. They are dead in the law and there is no one to protect them. Perhaps then we should all consider [- more...]

Guardianship is People

May 18, 2015

The 1973 science fiction thriller “Soylent Green” is a cautionary tale about what government can do to its citizens. It’s worth taking a moment to click on the next two links for plot summary and a short clip from the movie starring Charlton Heston. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0070723/plotsummary https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9IKVj4l5GU4 The novelty of the movie is that the solution to one problem, in this case food scarcity, necessitates the sacrifice of human beings to feed other [- more...]

White paper: How it goes down in Texas

May 17, 2015

How many probate attorneys, including those in the REPTL (Real Estate Probate Trust Lawyers) Section of the State Bar of Texas, donate to election campaigns of legislators; How many to judges? While we do not know how many attorneys, or how much money is donated, we do know why. This white paper by AAAPG exposes the circle of probate judges, the lawyers who practice in front of probate courts, the creation of statutorily-mandated management trusts to hold the ward’s seized assets, and the [- more...]

Texas: Gavel Guardians exposes the guardianship gulag and how it operates in the Lone Star state

May 16, 2015

Gavel Guardians Will Austin continue allowing lawyers and bankers to get rich off Texas’ elderly? Posted April 1, 2015 by Jeff Prince at Ft. Worth Weekly Residents and activists are looking on with keen interest as lawmakers in Austin are discussing new bills that could give probate judges even more power to place people under guardianship. For years, probate judges in Tarrant County and across the country have used far-reaching powers to strip vulnerable residents of their rights and their [- more...]

Texas – AAAPG activities in Austin

May 12, 2015

AAAPG is delighted to see the Kasem Cares Foundation has made great strides in the passage of a visitation bill, designed to give family members of wards tools to help ensure they cannot be denied visits with family members by a guardian without showing proof to the court of why this is truly in the best interest of the ward. HB 2665, authored by Rep Joe Moody of El Paso, was voted on in the Texas House on May 8, 2015 with 136 Yeas, 1 Nays, 1 Present, not voting.  This bill now moves onto the [- more...]

NYTimes.com – The Growing Generational Divide

May 8, 2015

MAY 8, 2015 from the New York Times, The Growing Generational Divide. BEREA, Ky. — I WAS always with older folks when I was very young. They called me “Little Man” and told me I was “an old soul.” I worked in the garden with my grandparents, learned how to count money with Old Man Hoskins at the local store, and eavesdropped on the tales of my ancient neighbors. But it was the stories of my fierce aunt, Sis, that were my favorite. To read this complete story, please follow this link: [- more...]
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