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Video from Washington State: KTCS9 IN CLOSE – Guardianships

August 19, 2015

By Terry Murphy Thursday, April 30, 2015 Guardianship abuse is in both national and local news lately. While many guardians are performing a great service, some are abusing their power, especially when it comes to wealthy seniors. Transcript from video: Teresa Maxwell: This was just a month before the guardian took over her life.Terry Murphy: This is how Teresa Maxwell would like to remember her mother, Geraldine Strege…Maxwell: She was full of life.Terry Murphy, KCTS9: Before everything fell [- more...]

Florida: Judge calls for scrutiny of guardianship case

August 8, 2015

Sarasota Herald-Tribune By Barbara Peters Smith Published: Friday, August 7, 2015 at 2:43 p.m. SARASOTA – A circuit judge appointed an independent court monitor on Friday to investigate the case of a Siesta Key resident and former art gallery owner who has spent the last two and a half years under the control of a professional guardianship, after attorneys for her daughter argued that the hasty procedure making her a ward of the court was a violation of due process. Facts ABOUT THE SERIES [- more...]

Texas Guardianship–same story, different zip code: Families Go to Battle in Probate Court, Only to Leave Without Anything

July 29, 2015

July 28, 2015, Houston Press: Families Go to Battle in Probate Court, Only to Leave Without Anything In October 2007, Willie Jo Mills of Houston suffered a stroke that paralyzed the right side of her body. A widow with two daughters and a son, the 80-year-old woman was prescribed a variety of pain medications, but doctors couldn’t find the right cocktail. Six months later, Mills’s son Larry filed an application with the Harris County Probate Court to become his mom’s legal guardian. [- more...]

NYTimes – The Harper Lee ‘Go Set a Watchman’ Fraud

July 27, 2015

AAAPG is not the only group to inquire about the apparent exploitation of Harper Lee by her attorney, acting as Trustee, in the publication of Lee’s supposed prequel to To Kill A Mockingbird. The New York Times’ Joe Nocera has come right out and declared this publishing “sensation” by Rupert Murdoch’s HarperCollins, a “fraud.” To make it plainly clear, the article is entitled “The Harper Lee ‘Go Set a Watchman’ Fraud.” So perhaps [- more...]

Japan: VOX POPULI – Swift action needed to oust corrupt guardians of mentally incompetent people

July 26, 2015

Also, there is no end in sight to embezzlement by guardians who are in the legal profession, such as attorneys and judicial scriveners. The perpetrators even include attorneys who are responsible for supervising the guardians. They have certainly forgotten that their professional credibility is built upon the trust of the public. From July 24, 2015, Vox Populi, Vox Dei is a daily column that runs on Page 1 of The Asahi Shimbun. We can never expect perfection in the workings of society. Flaws [- 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...]

Texas: Commentary on Guardianship opinion piece in Austin American-Statesman

July 23, 2015

Thomas Suehs, former executive commissioner of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission and member of the Guardianship Reform and Supported Decision-Making Workgroup recently published an opinion piece in the Austin American-Statesman, extolling the benefits of unnamed legislative bills, passed during Texas’ just-completed 84th biennium legislative session, which purport to support Wards during legal Guardianship, which once enacted, typically lasts the duration of the Ward’s [- more...]

Forbes: Beware The Con Game Of Conservatorships

July 18, 2015

Since May is Older Americans Month — established by JFK in 1963 when it was called Senior Citizens Month — it’s an appropriate time to sound an alert about a con game being played on some older Americans. I’m talking about crooks who are appointed as conservators (or guardians) to manage someone’s affairs and then turn their wards into financial abuse victims. To read this complete, informative article by Richard Eisenberg for Forbes magazine, got to Beware The Con Game Of [- more...]

Another case of elder abuse by attorneys? The Suspicious Story Behind Harper Lee’s ‘Go Set a Watchman’

July 16, 2015

Alerted by a poster to Philip Marshall’s FaceBook page, everyone should check out this story of how Harper Lee came to publish her sequel to To Kill A Mockingbird, despite being ferociously media-shy and avoiding all publicity or even thought of publishing a 2nd novel for over 50 years.  Sure does seem like the attorneys are manipulating an elderly person, when you read the reports by The New Republic. Anyone who’s experienced Guardianship Abuse will tell you, it is all too common [- more...]
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