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Corruption in the Courts

Q and A with Dr. Sam Sugar

June 26, 2017

Q&A with Dr. Sam Sugar June 26, 2017 Q&A with Dr. Sam Sugar June 26, 2017 What is the current status of the guardianship crisis in the United States? Sad to say, the more we look the more exploitation and corruption we find. In nearly every state there is a well-oiled, unfettered and unchallengeable system in place that routinely utilizes existing laws designed to protect vulnerable people in our society to instead exploit and abuse them. This court based system puts older Americans [- 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...]

Essential bias and abuse of process in the courts

May 11, 2017

Why are judicially ordered exams of potential wards/victims called “incapacity” determinations rather than “capacity” determinations? Why is hard proof of a ward’s capacity submitted to the court called “a suggestion of capacity”? Why are so many court examiners’ reports so often identical as if they were copied and unanimous in favor of total incapacity? Why does guardianship legislation allegedly intended to limit the court’s enormous [- more...]

Florida: Guardianship reform thwarted by Judge’s wife

April 9, 2017

By John Pacenti/Palm Beach Post After years of lobbying state legislators, peppering them with horror stories about incapacitated seniors trapped in court-ordered guardianships, advocates thought they had a solution in hand. Lawmakers passed a bill in the 2016 session that would for the first time give Florida the power to regulate professional guardians appointed by judges to control the finances and the medical care of some of the state’s most vulnerable people. No longer would families [- more...]

Rhode Island: Rita Cole’s story

April 1, 2017

TO: Judge Christine Engustian of the Richmond Probate Court and her managers, The Town Council of Richmond, Rhode Island. Ms. Rita Cole, 90, resident of Cincinnati, OH, conscripted into guardianship in Rhode Island, Case No. 2016-15 had a net worth of $225,000 in May 2016 when attorney R.J. Connelly, III involuntarily conscripted her into guardianship. Rita was in Rhode Island visiting family and had Connelly modify her estate documents where he gained access to all her critical estate [- more...]

Opinion: It’s all about the money in probate

March 31, 2017

Who makes money when a judge orders a person – usually an older woman – into professional guardianship? Who makes money when the judge makes the discretionary, and radical, decision to revoke and not honor a ward’s perfectly executed existing legal documents including powers of attorney, trusts, property ownership that were written and signed while the ward still had mental capacity? According to research conducted by Americans Against Abusive Probate Guardianship, 95 percent of the time [- more...]

Court-ordered guardianship: “Legalized exploitation of the elderly”

March 25, 2017

Where is accountability for guardians’ actions? By Diane Dimond / Crime and Justice In my continuing effort to inform readers about what can happen when a family asks a judge to decide a dispute over what to do with their aging parent — may I call your attention, please, to the state of Nevada? The Sagebrush State spawned a court-appointed guardian to beat all others! Elder care guardian April Parks has now been slapped with a 200-count indictment charging her – along with her business [- more...]

New Mexico: AG Balderas and DA Torrez – follow Nevada’s lead and investigate court racketeering in guardianship

March 22, 2017

Calling on New Mexico Law Enforcement Attorney General Hector Balderas and Bernalillo County District Attorney Raúl Torrez Follow the lead of Nevada: Impanel Grand Juries to investigate criminal activities committed by guardians and their attorneys 2. Investigate District Court Judges who have approved property  sales by their appointees at below-market value   Notes from the March 22, 2017 Albuquerque Journal Townhall meeting: Here is a copy of the brochure that was handed out at the [- more...]

Nevada: 4 indicted in unprecedented guardianship abuse case, April Parks arrested in Pennsylvania

March 10, 2017

UPDATE MARCH 09: April Parks was arrested by local police in East Goshen Township, PA. The Westtown-East Goshen Regional Police Department charged Parks with being a fugitive from justice and she was arraigned.  Her bail was set at $500,000 dollars.  Parks was remanded to Chester County Prison pending extradition to Clark County, Nevada. ORIGINAL STORY LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — What started with a Contact 13 investigation has led to hundreds of felony charges against four suspects for the [- more...]

Probate Bias

October 6, 2016

We often hear families and victims of probate, divorce or family court actions complain that the system is corrupt or the judge is corrupt or the Guardian is corrupt. These complaints are usually spawned by actions taken against families of victims that make no sense, seem illegal or are based on something other than the facts of the case. The natural reaction to these events is to suspect that corruption is involved. Corruption is defined as dishonest or fraudulent conduct by those in power, [- more...]
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