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The Federal Court has failed us–again

September 17, 2017

The Federal Court of the Northern District of Florida has dismissed a lawsuit that complained of federal rights violations against a Ward and family in the matter of stay away orders and more. See the link to the case below RECOMMENDS THAT THIS CASE BE DISMISSED DUE TO LACK OF JURISDICTION What do you think? Is there anywhere left to [- more...]

Palm Beach Fl Town Hall September 26, 2017

September 16, 2017

For Immediate Release:   AAAPG’s The Truth About Adult Guardianship in Palm Beach   (Ft. Lauderdale Fla-Sept. 13, 2017) Americans Against Abusive Probate Guardianship (AAAPG) will host an informative educational seminar to discuss what every American needs to know about senior guardian proceedings, followed by a Town Hall Meeting in which Palm Beach Officials will respond to audience questions about recent and ongoing Probate Court guardianship issues in Palm Beach County. [- more...]

Horrible abuse in California

September 15, 2017

Our friend at CEDAR-California, Linda Kincaid writes about a particularly egregious  court abuse in the case of the mother of one our members, Neil F. [- more...]

Michigan: Attorney General and Federal Authorities Investigating Probate Court Practices

September 11, 2017

Investigative reporter Heather Catallo of ABC News affiliate WXYZ in Detroit has been exposing corrupt practices across Michigan’s probate court system commonly used to financially exploit vulnerable citizens before and after death.  AAAPG is assisting Michigan victims to navigate the complex process of gaining investigations of fraudulent involuntary adult guardianships and appreciate the coverage by WXYZ.  The recent raid of the offices of Detroit real estate brokerage Probate Asset [- more...]

Department of Justice Webinar: Financial Exploitation in the Context of Guardianships and Other Legal Arrangements

September 10, 2017

Hosted by Julie Childs, J.D., Elder Justice Initiative, U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, DC and Brenda Uekert, PhD, Director, Center for Elders and the Courts, National Center for State Courts and is a refreshing discussion on the risks of guardianship as Brenda provides valuable guidance to guard against being drawn into the nation’s probate court system.  Nearly 200 people attended this webinar which lasts about an hour.  Sadly, no effective redress options were offered when [- more...]

Las Vegas: Attorney Rob Graham Pleads Guilty to Stealing over $16 million from Client Estate Funds

September 8, 2017

By Jeff German and David Ferrara Updated September 7, 2017 – 5:13 pm Longtime estate attorney Robert Graham admitted in District Court Thursday to stealing more than $16 million from clients, many of whom relied financially on trust funds he oversaw. Graham, 52, who is in custody at the Clark County Detention Center on $5 million bail, pleaded guilty before District Judge Kerry Earley to two felony counts of theft and three counts of exploitation of an older/vulnerable person. He faces a [- more...]

National: Elder Home Facilities Gone Bankrupt in 2017

September 8, 2017

by Juliette Fairley Louisiana Antigua Investments LLC is seeking to escape up to $10 million in liabilities, of which $1,017,195.96 is owed to Cottonport Bank and $250,000.00 to the IRS. Filed in the Western District of Louisiana, the chapter 11 petition was signed by Member and Manager Thomas E Cupples II, who was named in a 2015 lawsuit for allegedly violating the Fair Labor Standards Act. Other bankruptcy petitions signed and filed by Mr. Cupples on August 22 include Quality Home Health, [- more...]

Boston: Attorney Marvin Siegel, 89 with “Ironclad” Trust in Involuntary Guardianship, Part 1 of 4

September 8, 2017

Warning to Seniors: Rich or Poor, You’re Worth a LOT to Lawyers, Courts, and Service Agencies! by Lonnie Brennan It started out simply: a retired Boxford lawyer, Marvin Siegel, got along in years, and as he approached his 83rd year amongst his fellow men, he began to slip a bit, needing some help around the house. His family pitched in, and at one point, a service that provided checkups on the elderly would visit with Mr. Siegel and see to his needs. As time went on, his needs increased and a [- more...]

New Mexico Bust Belies US Elder Guardian Crisis

September 7, 2017

By Juliette Fairley Friday, 01 Sep 2017 04:50 PM Current | Bio | Archive While the founders of Ayudando Guardians Inc. (Ayudando) defend themselves against charges of conspiracy, fraud, theft and money laundering, elder advocates nationwide contend that the offenses uncovered in New Mexico this year are not isolated incidents. “There’s more to this story than meets the eye,” said Dr. Sam Sugar, founder of the Florida-based Americans Against Abusive Probate Guardianship (AAAPG), a [- more...]

National: Advisors Need To Know About These Common Retirement Scams

September 7, 2017

By Juliette Fairley for Financial Advisor Magazine. While working in a nursing home as an administrator in the Dallas/Fort Worth area 11 years ago, Susan Hodges admitted three new residents who were different than others who lived there. “They were depressed and anxious,” Hodges told Financial Advisor magazine. “Turns out they were wards of the state of Texas whose assets were under the control of a guardianship company after a Tarrant County Probate Judge deemed them incompetent.” [- more...]
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