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Bizarre Judge in Florida Resigns

May 27, 2015 // 0 Comments

Judge Linda Schoonover displays overt signs of severe mental illness, she doesn’t do her job, she doesn’t show up to work, she abuses litigants, uses social media as a weapon and in general has a demeanor which is unquestionably inappropriate for any public official but in particular for a judge. And how was she forced out of office? self resignation!!! How is it possible that this type of behavior could be tolerated for months by the Florida State Supreme Court, by the Judicial [- more...]

Florida: In guardianship bill, checks that could have helped others

May 26, 2015 // 0 Comments

From the Sarasota, FL Herald-Tribune: On a Sunday in December, Don Herman looked at the front page of his Herald-Tribune and was carried back to a harrowing time in his life three years before. He remembered the two weeks in 2012 when he and his wife, Kathryn, were held under guardianship by the state of Florida — and he lost her forever. After the publication of “The Kindness of Strangers: Inside Elder Guardianship in Florida,” three bills to reform the system were introduced in this [- more...]

Florida 2015 Legislative Fact Sheet

May 26, 2015 // 0 Comments

From the Sarasota Herald-Tribune: Facts 2015 LEGISLATION A look at bills affecting older Floridians. SIGNED BY GOVERNOR State ombudsman program: SB 7018 restructures the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program and conforms that program to requirements in the federal Older Americans Act; establishes state districts for the program and requires public district meetings “at least quarterly.” ON HIS DESK Guardianship proceedings: HB5 gives clerks of court authority to refer cases of wrongdoing [- more...]

Texas: new videos added to YouTube channel

May 26, 2015 // 0 Comments

AAAPG’s YouTube channel has two new videos: WGNO-TV reports: Who’s caring for mom? Elder guardianship becoming a big issue. As the American population ages, AARP says more people face the prospect of losing control of their lives to court-appointed guardians or guardianship agencies. WGNO’s Susan Roesgen has the story of a New Orleans man and his brother, fighting to regain the care of their 93-year-old mother. May 22, 2015 Testimony of Texas’ Chief Probate Judge Guy Herman [- more...]

Florida Bar News Recognizes Need for Reform

May 25, 2015 // 0 Comments

 Legislature takes steps to rein in guardians ‘Some predators in this field have created their own cottage industry and are . . . taking advantage of the elderly’ ~ Sen Nancy Detert By Jan Pudlow Senior Editor When an 89-year-old woman’s daughter called the abuse hotline with the magic words, “I think my sister should be guilty of elder abuse,” the system lurched into action. A guardian was appointed to oversee the affairs of the elderly woman, who still lives in her Siesta Key home. [- more...]

SOCIAL SECURITY REPORTS

May 22, 2015 // 0 Comments

We have a new and important opportunity to work with the Social Security Administration to provide hard evidence of fraud in the diversion of SSA benefits from our loved ones into the pockets of the guardianship predators. This type of Social Security Diversion Fraud is referred to as MISUSE OF BENEFITS BY A REPRESENTATIVE PAYEE here is the link to SSA website HTTP://OIG.SSA.GOV/WHAT-ABUSE-FRAUD-AND-WASTE/MISUSE-BENEFITS-REPRESENTATIVE-PAYEE MISUSE OF BENEFITS BY A REPRESENTATIVE PAYEE [- more...]

Texas: Luck for Dorothy, freed from Guardianship

May 21, 2015 // 0 Comments

March 19, 2014 Ft Worth Weekly. Dorothy Luck finally nabbed a break in her ongoing battle against a Tarrant County probate court that has seemed bent on bleeding her dry financially in an ironic attempt to protect her. Judge Steven King signed an agreement this month that frees Luck from guardianship in a controversial case that removed her rights — including her ability to hire an attorney — even as it sucked an estimated $1 million or more of her savings (“Grabbing the Purse,” Sept. [- more...]

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 // 0 Comments

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 // 0 Comments

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...]
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