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October 11, 2017

A reality check We live in a very complicated world and some would say a very cruel world. The pace of life has drastically accelerated. We are no longer nice or even civil to each other. We are witness to all kinds of aggressions. We are assaulted daily with more information that we can possibly process. Foundational aspects of our way of life have come under fire. Our safety is threatened seemingly at every turn. Our politicians have disgraced themselves endlessly. Our sources of news and [- more...]

Why WINGS doesn’t fly

July 21, 2017

How can the very people who are the problem solve the problem? The National Guardianship Network is a collaborative group of national organizations dedicated to effective adult guardianship law and practice. First convened in 2002, the National Guardianship Network has played a leadership role in advancing guardianship standards, best practices, and education. It awards seed monies (of as much as $20,000 per state unit) and technical assistance to states to create innovative, consensus-driven [- more...]

White Paper–It’s the Judges and here is why

January 1, 2016

Why Don’t Guardianship Abuse Complaints Ever Result In Meaningful Reform? The bureaucratic response to decades of complaints about the physical and financial abuse generated from guardianships is worth studying if for no other reason than to focus our attention on the federal money and tactics that have yet bring about significant reform. The most fundamental function of government is the protection of its citizens and their rights and the property they own, the foundational differences [- more...]

Opinion: How do we help seniors at risk of Guardianship?

July 24, 2015

Maybe instead of getting them more pills and doctors, we should bring them to the gym, because once they become wards they will never see a gym again. From the American Medical Association (AMA) news: Regular exercise may benefit seniors facing onset of Alzheimer’s The Los Angeles Times (7/24, Healy) reports in “Science Now” on studies presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference suggesting that exercise may benefit people with mild cognitive impairment and [- more...]

Florida: Herald-Tribune Editorial – County should fund Guardian’s Monitor

July 1, 2015

From Sarasota’s Herald-Tribune Editorial – County should fund Guardian’s Monitor.  “Monitor would be the eyes and ears of the court.” Florida’s adult-guardianship system will be improved by the Legislature’s passage of House Bill 5. That law, filed by Rep. Kathleen Passidomo — a Republican from Naples — and signed by Gov. Rick Scott, will help protect incapacitated adults from exploitation or abuse. It tightens guardianship law, clarifies [- more...]

Florida’s 12th Judicial District creates overseer for guardianship

June 25, 2015

From the front page of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune: Abuses of the elder guardianship system documented in recent Herald-Tribune articles are prompting local court officials to consider creating a new oversight position. Walt Smith, the court administrator for Florida’s 12th Judicial Circuit covering Sarasota, Manatee and Desoto counties, and incoming chief Judge Charles Williams proposed a plan Wednesday to hire a monitor who would investigate complaints about guardians. The two officials [- more...]

Florida: How does HB 5 change guardianship?

June 14, 2015

On June 10, 2015, Florida Gov Rick Scott signed into law Florida Rep. Nancy Passidomo’s HB 5.  Among the changes the new law makes: Emergency Temporary Guardian (ETG) no longer is favored by the court to be appointed Permanent Guardian Family of a Ward must be notified with 24 hours of an ETG hearing ETG can only become permanent by request of the family or the ward Guardians are required to regularly update the court on the wards condition, especially if the change of condition would [- more...]

Bizarre Judge in Florida Resigns

May 27, 2015

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...]
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