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

September 8, 2017 // 0 Comments

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 // 0 Comments

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 // 0 Comments

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...]

Texas: Pretrial hearing set in legal malpractice case against attorneys Don Ford and Richard Bergner

August 11, 2017 // 0 Comments

HOUSTON – A pre-trial conference is set for Aug. 25 in the malpractice suit filed against attorneys Richard Bergner and Don Ford by former client Juliette Fairley in the Southern District of Texas. Fairley’s complaint against the Houston probate attorneys in the wake of what she feels was a gross mishandling of an adult guardianship case involving her father and a San Antonio nursing facility. Fairley, a New York resident, had hired the attorneys to aid her in a lawsuit against Lakeside [- more...]

New Mexico: Holocaust-era survivor chafes under Ayudando guardianship

August 9, 2017 // 0 Comments

By Colleen Heild and Olivier Uyttebrouck / Journal Staff Writers From the Albuquerque Journal Peter Grotte-Higley was 3 years old in 1939 and living in what was then Czechoslovakia when the Nazis sent his Jewish father to Sachsenhausen concentration camp. As World War II came to a close, the invading Russian army forced 10-year-old Peter and his mother into a “collection” camp, where he recalls hearing people being beaten at night. Grotte-Higley survived to tell the story of his eventual [- more...]

Florida: Judge rules guardian can’t bond out of jail with suspected clients’ money

July 31, 2017 // 0 Comments

Editor’s Note:  Long-time Florida guardian Fernando Gutierrez was arrested in late June 2017, on suspicions of using his clients’ money to fund his personal expenses (where have we recently heard these same accusations? New Mexico, perhaps. Or was it Nevada?) It was a very different Gutierrez who appeared before a judge in Florida, than the cocky, arrogant guardian who debated AAAPG Founder, Dr Sam Sugar, on Oct 19, 2015. CLEARWATER, Fla. – Professional guardian Fernando [- more...]

New Mexico: Court scrambles to replace Ayudando guardians

July 31, 2017 // 3 Comments

By Colleen Heild / Journal Investigative Reporter State district judges in Albuquerque have identified 176 people, many of them indigent and all of them incapacitated in some way, who relied on Ayudando Guardians for help with everything from living arrangements to ensuring their funds, however meager, were safe. Chief District Judge Nan Nash and Chief Civil Division Judge Shannon Bacon in Bernalillo County said in an interview Friday that the courts are faced with having to quickly find [- more...]

Florida: Jury awards $16.4 Million against guardianship attorneys

July 31, 2017 // 4 Comments

On Friday, July 28, 2017, a unanimous jury in the U. S. District Court, West Palm Beach Courthouse, awarded $16,400,000 to the Estate of Oliver Wilson Bivins, Sr., and against West Palm Beach guardianship attorneys, Brian O’Connell and Brian O’Connell of the Ciklin Lubitz & O’Connell law firm. The hotly contested two-week jury trial was handled by BBLF partners Ron Denman, Chuck Bavol and Grant Kindrick. The jury found that attorneys Brian O’Connell and Ashley Crispin had breached [- more...]

New Mexico: Who guards the guardians? Ayudando was a family affair

July 31, 2017 // 0 Comments

By Colleen Heild / Journal Investigative Reporter Ayudando Guardians Inc. opened its doors with two nurses and a medical records expert in 2004. It was formed, according to its website, “due to the enormous need for guardians and conservators in the State of New Mexico.” The nonprofit Albuquerque-based guardian and conservator firm – now accused along with its principal owners of looting millions of dollars from client accounts – grew over the years. And, the company increasingly [- more...]

U.S. Department of Justice looking into Guardianship Abuse

July 27, 2017 // 12 Comments

The moment a judge signs the order for an involuntary guardianship they have designated your loved one “disabled”.  These individuals are protected by the federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1993 and the Olmstead Act provision enacted in 1999 to protect those unlawfully institutionalized and isolated.  Most adult guardianship adjudicating courts completely ignore these obligations.  These violations provide federal authorities the opportunity to step in and demand [- more...]
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