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New Mexico: Plaintiff in guardianship case wants the judge to step aside

May 22, 2017

By Colleen Heild / Journal Investigative Reporter Monday, May 22nd, 2017 at 12:05am The daughter of a deceased Albuquerque author suing a commercial guardian and conservator firm is questioning the impartiality of the judge in the case, citing in part his appearance in April with representatives of the guardianship industry at an Albuquerque Lawyers Club panel discussion. Attorneys for Leonie Rosenstiel are asking District Judge Alan Malott to recuse himself from presiding over her lawsuit [- more...]

AAAPG’s radio and live appearances

May 20, 2017

AAAPG is staffed by volunteers who spend their time and money traveling across America, raising awareness of the dangers of guardianship abuse, as conducted by courts in almost all 50 states, and advocating on behalf of our members, as we seek to reform how the courts conduct guardianship cases.  Here are some of our most recent live appearances: May 17, 2017:  AAAPG National Director Rick Black was hosted on BlogTalk Radio by F.A.C.E.U.S. founders Lulu Fleming and Robin Austin, discussing [- more...]

New Mexico: Guardianship Commission votes to have judges obey the laws

May 14, 2017

Note: In New Mexico, there exists both 1) Rules (NMRA 1-079 (D) (7), (9); NMRA 12-314 (C) (9), (12)) and 2) Statutes (NMSA 45-5-303 (I); NMSA 45-5-407 (M)) (since 1953) that allow the public’s access to information in both guardianship and conservatorship cases: 45-5-303 . Procedure for court appointment of a guardian of an incapacitated person. …. I. A record of the proceedings shall be made if requested by the alleged incapacitated person or the alleged incapacitated [- more...]

Florida: Guardian won’t dole out inheritance unless objection is withdrawn

May 13, 2017

From the Palm Beach Post, by John Pacenti: Professional guardian Elizabeth Savitt has threatened to withhold the last of a family’s inheritance unless an objection to her conduct filed in court is withdrawn. She also said she would decrease the remainder of the inheritance — about $200,000 — if she has to fight the objection in court. Savitt was the court-appointed guardian for Albert Vassallo Sr., who died in November. She has distributed about $400,000 of the inheritance to six [- more...]

Florida: Judge’s wife Elizabeth Savitt under investigation by new state guardianship office

May 13, 2017

From the Palm Beach Post, by John Pacenti Elizabeth Savitt, the former judge’s wife and professional guardian who has been the subject of numerous of complaints from families of incapacitated seniors, is being investigated by the state’s new Office of Public and Professional Guardianship. The agency is the state’s new watchdog for professional guardians and now has the power under rules adopted this legislative session to discipline them. If the investigation turns up wrongdoing, the [- more...]

New Mexico: Courts decide to obey the laws and post names & dockets of guardianship cases

May 13, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A commission appointed by the New Mexico Supreme Court to study the state’s system of adult guardianships voted Friday to require that docket sheets are posted on a public website. Dockets, which provide basic information about guardianship cases, filed in state court will appear on the court’s official website, www.nmcourts.com, starting May 23, the New Mexico Adult Guardianship Study Commission decided. Most records, reports and evidence are confidential under state [- more...]

Florida: Guardianship ‘Fix’ Heads To Governor’s Desk

April 19, 2017

By Kate Payne A slate of changes to Florida’s guardianship law is heading to the governor’s desk. The updates legislators want are meant to protect some of the state’s most vulnerable residents, but critics worry they’re missing the mark. Florida’s guardianship laws outline how someone is deemed legally incapable of handling their own affairs. Ultimately, finances and end of life issues can all be overseen by a guardian. Here’s St. Petersburg Democrat Ben Diamond explaining how [- more...]

Rhode Island: Richmond probate judge asks whether lawyers are taking too much from woman’s estate

April 19, 2017

By Tom Mooney Journal Staff Writer RICHMOND, R.I. — A contested probate case is raising questions about how a 90-year-old woman from Ohio became involuntarily committed to a Rhode Island assisted-living facility. The case of Rita Cole, of Cincinnati, has attracted the attention of an advocacy group called the Americans Against Abusive Probate Guardianship, which — along with a relative and friend of Cole’s — alleges that a court-appointed guardian had Cole committed to a Providence [- more...]

Nevada: Helen Natko convicted in guardianship abuse case

April 12, 2017

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) – A jury has convicted a Las Vegas woman who was the subject of a Contact 13 Investigation for crimes in a guardianship case. Helen Natko was found guilty of theft and exploitation of a vulnerable person. The victim was her long-time companion Del Mencarelli who passed away in July 2015. Contact 13 Chief Investigator Darcy Spears started looking into guardianship corruption nearly 3 years ago with Del’s case. Natko was appointed Del’s guardian. But Del’s [- more...]

Pennsylvania: the tragic case of mentally-competent Betty Winstanley

April 9, 2017

by Sharyl Attkisson/FullMeasure.news 04/09/2017 — Sharyl: Court-appointed guardianships for incapacitated adults can do a tremendous service protecting their assets, fielding family feuds, and making difficult decisions. But some elderly feel victimized by the very system tasked with protecting them. One estimate in 2013 found 1.5 million adults were under court-ordered guardianships controlling $273 billion in personal assets. Complaints appear to be growing but it’s impossible to know [- more...]
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