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Corruption in the Courts

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

October 2, 2017 // 7 Comments

 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 // 0 Comments

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...]

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

September 23, 2017 // 1 Comment

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...]

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

September 8, 2017 // 0 Comments

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: 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...]

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...]

Q and A with Dr. Sam Sugar

June 26, 2017 // 0 Comments

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 // 0 Comments

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 // 0 Comments

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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