Guardianship News:

Corruption in the Courts

Princeton Community Television: Beyond My Crisis

September 25, 2017

Two part interview aired in July and August 2017 on Princeton Community Television with hosts Vivian Gaspar and Ron Rossnick of Beyond My Crisis with national guardianship abuse prosecution advocates Juliette Fairley and Rick Black on the risks of adult guardianships and how to best protect you and your loved ones from involuntary guardianships. Beyond My Crisis-Part I Beyond My Crisis-Part [- more...]

New Mexico: State auditor says Office of Guardianship fails to oversee firms

September 23, 2017

From the Albuquerque Journal By Colleen Heild / Journal Investigative Reporter Thursday, September 21st, 2017 at 11:43pm State Auditor Tim Keller’s office on Thursday issued an “emergency risk” advisory for the state Office of Guardianship based on an initial review that showed the agency has failed to properly oversee more than 20 private companies that are paid by the state to provide guardian services for vulnerable, indigent New Mexicans. The Guardianship Office, which has about 900 [- more...]

Michigan: Attorney General and Federal Authorities Investigating Probate Court Practices

September 11, 2017

Investigative reporter Heather Catallo of ABC News affiliate WXYZ in Detroit has been exposing corrupt practices across Michigan’s probate court system commonly used to financially exploit vulnerable citizens before and after death.  AAAPG is assisting Michigan victims to navigate the complex process of gaining investigations of fraudulent involuntary adult guardianships and appreciate the coverage by WXYZ.  The recent raid of the offices of Detroit real estate brokerage Probate Asset [- more...]

Department of Justice Webinar: Financial Exploitation in the Context of Guardianships and Other Legal Arrangements

September 10, 2017

Hosted by Julie Childs, J.D., Elder Justice Initiative, U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, DC and Brenda Uekert, PhD, Director, Center for Elders and the Courts, National Center for State Courts and is a refreshing discussion on the risks of guardianship as Brenda provides valuable guidance to guard against being drawn into the nation’s probate court system.  Nearly 200 people attended this webinar which lasts about an hour.  Sadly, no effective redress options were offered when [- more...]

Las Vegas: Attorney Rob Graham Pleads Guilty to Stealing over $16 million from Client Estate Funds

September 8, 2017

By Jeff German and David Ferrara Updated September 7, 2017 – 5:13 pm Longtime estate attorney Robert Graham admitted in District Court Thursday to stealing more than $16 million from clients, many of whom relied financially on trust funds he oversaw. Graham, 52, who is in custody at the Clark County Detention Center on $5 million bail, pleaded guilty before District Judge Kerry Earley to two felony counts of theft and three counts of exploitation of an older/vulnerable person. He faces a [- more...]

New Mexico: Court scrambles to replace Ayudando guardians

July 31, 2017

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...]

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...]
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