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Viewpoint: Guardianship can be Identity Theft

May 5, 2015 // 0 Comments

The stigma of “incapacity” is often thrust upon elderly individuals because they are easy prey. Many times the individual is visited during a hospitalization when they are dealing with life and death issues. They are just trying to find the strength to cope with their illnesses when they are seen by an examining committee. These are complete strangers. Why would anyone be comfortable opening up to a complete stranger? Their silence is then portrayed negatively. One’s own [- more...]

White Paper: What the hell is incapacity anyway?

May 4, 2015 // 0 Comments

May 4, 2015 What the hell is incapacity anyway? “The typical Ward has fewer rights than the typical convicted felon. It is in one short sentence… The most punitive civil penalty that can be levied against an American citizen with the exception of the death penalty.” ~ The late US Representative Claude Pepper…. But when it comes to locking you down permanently in a life sentence of guardianship, the court has to at least go through the motions of proving (if only to itself) that [- more...]

White Paper: Guardianship Dollars – Follow the money

May 4, 2015 // 0 Comments

May 3, 2015 Guardianship Dollars: “Follow the money”  – Huge numbers of older Americans are trapped in Guardianships which impoverish them under color of Law—as many as 100,000 of them Florida alone. Where does their money go? The following is a brief fiscal examination of guardianship that “follows the money”. You can read this White Paper here. You can see a list of all of AAAPG’s White Papers [- more...]

How does Profit affect the Truth? Dr Sam Sugar discusses Guardianship from three very different perspectives

May 3, 2015 // 0 Comments

Three very different perspectives on Guardianship There is a fable about six blind men describing an elephant. Once upon a time, there lived six blind men in a village. One day the villagers told them, “Hey, there is an elephant in the village today.” They had no idea what an elephant is. They decided, “Even though we would not be able to see it, let us go and feel it anyway.” All of them went where the elephant was. Every one of them touched the elephant. “Hey, [- more...]

Commentary: Now that SB5 awaits Gov Rick Scott’s signature

April 30, 2015 // 0 Comments

The success of AAAPG in the Florida legislature’s passing of SB5 is that not only that new laws have been passed, but that this heretofore veiled Guardianship industry that affects thousands and thousands of vulnerable individuals and families has been Outed in Florida and is in public discussion. What happens next is anybody’s guess but what we hope is that our efforts and dramatically increased public awareness will induce the stakeholders in this industry  to pay attention to [- more...]

Palm Beach Post: Bill on professional guardians headed to Gov. Scott

April 30, 2015 // 0 Comments

April 29, 2015 Bill on professional guardians headed to Gov. Scott By John Pacenti It’s been a tough session for court-appointed professional guardians as at least three laws worked their way through the Florida Legislature to rein in practices after stories surfaced of financial abuse of their elderly wards. In the end, only one passed. Sen. Nancy Detert, R-Venice, called professional guardians “cockroaches” in a committee meeting.  Rep. Kathleen Passidomo, R-Naples, called for criminal [- more...]

Herald-Tribune Politics: One guardianship bill passes; another dies

April 30, 2015 // 0 Comments

April 28, 2015 HT Politics – One guardianship bill passes; another dies Written by Zac Anderson TALLAHASSEE Seniors facing guardianship proceedings are likely to receive more protection after the Senate passed a bill overhauling the system and sent it to Gov. Rick Scott for final approval Tuesday. But another piece of guardian legislation offering further oversight died when the House adjourned without acting on it. The bill heading to Scott’s desk establishes a formal system for [- more...]

Tampa Bay Times continuing coverage of Florida Legislature SB5

April 30, 2015 // 0 Comments

April 29, 2015 Tampa Bay Times Florida Senate approves guardianship overhaul TALLAHASSEE — Last year, a coalition of Floridians traveled to Tallahassee to explain how their elderly relatives had been victimized by court-appointed guardians. Lawmakers got the message. The Florida Senate on Tuesday passed legislation changing the way guardians are appointed and explicitly prohibiting the abuse, exploitation or neglect of an elderly ward (HB 5). The bill is now headed to Gov. Rick Scott’s [- more...]

Dr. Sugar’s response to passage of AAAPG Reform Legislation

April 29, 2015 // 0 Comments

The unanimous final vote on our signature legislation HB5 is a momentous event for the citizens of Florida who now will be a little bit less vulnerable to the greed driven system called guardianship. Our organization is deeply grateful to our champions in the legislature who fought so hard for us, including Senator Diaz de la Portilla (Miami), Representative Kathleen Passidomo (Naples) and Senator Nancy Detert (Venice) and their staffs.  Our work will continue as we realize that we must now [- more...]
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