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Corruption in the Courts

The top reported ZIP codes for Probate abuse

November 5, 2017

One of the biggest risk factors for being enmeshed in guardianship abuse is where you live. This is because there are hotspots of probate corruption where the majority of the cases reported to us originate. From our registry of cases, here are the the most dangerous Zip codes in America for seniors. If you know of a case in a zip code outside these, you should report it to: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSefER-Gc6zxlMc6qThNPxtWI3K8Otiw7n_SWCK2_UrD1ydBmw/viewform?c=0&w=1 11050 [- more...]

Some hard realities we must now disclose.

October 26, 2017

As we watch victims from every corner of America plead for our help day after day; as we watch  judges make a mockery of justice in probate courts around the country; as lives and fortunes are demolished on the altar of voracious greed; as we witness the rapidly accelerating erosion of trust in our bedrock institutions of law we cannot help but come to some alarming conclusions. Now, we must stand and state for all to realize that: 1. Juryless probate guardianship proceedings are illegal, but [- more...]

Michigan: WXYZ ABC News Detroit Reports of Rampant Abuses in Adult Guardianships held by Public Administrators

October 18, 2017

Early in 2017 AAAPG recognized many calls from victims and family members in Michigan of probate judges routinely ignoring due process requirements, estate documents, Michigan state laws and federal requirements in their commitment to initiate local professional guardianships.  In May investigative reporter Heather Catallo began reporting on abuses in Michigan probate courts where the homes of deceased citizens were sold to third parties by public administrators assigned to probate the [- more...]

New Mexico: Ayudando Guardians allegedly stole ward’s $117,000 then housed ward in leaky trailer

October 15, 2017

By Colleen Heild for the Albuquerque Journal LAS VEGAS, N.M. – For Justin Bowers, home is a travel trailer that attracts flies and leaks when it rains. Even so, it’s a step up from where his court-appointed guardian previously had him living – in a 17-man boarding home that charged $800-a-month rent. It’s not what Bowers, who is from Albuquerque, wants. It’s not what his father, who worked 30 years for the U.S. Post Office, wanted for his son. Bowers, 34, who has been under [- more...]

Ohio: Michele Augustine is Freed

October 13, 2017

Somedays in this frustrating and emotional job we get a victory.  Last month we helped gain the release of Tuscarawas County Ohio resident Michele Augustine from an involuntary adult guardianship.  Michele was conscripted by her brother and sister and Community Mental Healthcare, in an apparent attempt to take over her estate, when they ex parte petitioned for guardianship over Michele in July 2016.  Michele had a successful career with Saks in New York, but due to an injury had decided to [- more...]

What do you think?

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...]

From the wife of a Florida Judge whose husband nearly died in an abusive Guardianship

October 2, 2017

 We received this by email today: Dear Dr. Sugar This article (in the New Yorker by Rachel Aviv)  https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/10/09/how-the-elderly-lose-their-rights is fantastic.  I hope more magazines, newspapers and media take more of an interest in this horrible problem than they have in the past.  I am so grateful for you and the work you are doing. I’m delighted to say I got my husband away from his guardian.  He is no longer the “Guardian of the [- more...]

New Yorker article exposes the Guardianship Racket

October 2, 2017

Journalist Rachel Aviv has written a compelling story that exposes the cancerous plague of American Guardianship with heartbreaking stories of how this racket has cost innocent Americans their life savings and even their lives. A must read. https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/10/09/how-the-elderly-lose-their-rights Your comment welcome [- more...]

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...]
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