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Michigan: Federal lawsuit challenging Michigan’s guardianship system advances, slowly

April 28, 2019 // 0 Comments

Brad Geller is an attorney in Michigan who filed a federal lawsuit against the state of Michigan challenging the elder guardianship program.  The lawsuit, United States et al v State of Michigan, is a writ of habeus corpus demanding the release of all guardianized citizens in the state of Michigan. So far, the lawsuit has (narrowly) survived a recommendation to dismiss by magistrate judge. Most recently, the Judge signed an order to show cause. You can follow the case by tracking activity on [- more...]

National: The Face of the Elderly Guardian Trap

February 24, 2019 // 1 Comment

by Diane Dimond Real Clear Investigations Lillie White, an octogenarian from Palm Coast, Florida, went missing in August 2016. She was last seen at a doctor’s office where her niece Sheila had taken her for a checkup. Sheila was confused when an assistant called her into a back room to fill out more medical forms for her aunt, but she complied. When she returned to the waiting room, Aunt Lillie was gone. Sheila was told she had been escorted from the office by a court-appointed guardian who [- more...]

Letter from AAAPG founder to US Senators Susan Collins and Bob Casey, Committee on Aging

June 25, 2018 // 1 Comment

The following is a letter from AAAPG founder Dr Sam Sugar to Senators Susan Collins and Bob Casey, respectively the Chairman and Ranking Member of the US Senate Special Committee on Aging TO: Senator Susan Collins, Chairman        Senator Bob Casey, Ranking Member        US Senate Special Committee on Aging Via e-mail June 24, 2018 Honorable Chairman Collins and ranking member Casey It is my privilege to communicate with you as Founder and President of  our national  501(c)(3) [- more...]

Federal suit follows Texas Judicial Council Admission of non-compliance by guardians of senior citizens

April 25, 2018 // 0 Comments

 SAN ANTONIO – A Manhattan woman who worked as an actress in an NBC TV pilot directed by Spike Lee and a Macy’s commercial last year has filed a breach of fiduciary duty lawsuit against her San Antonio-based mother over the alleged abuse of and isolation from her legally blind father who is a 22 year veteran of the U.S. Air Force and currently guardianized under a Bexar County court order. According to the lawsuit, filed by plaintiff Juliette Fairley in the Western District federal [- more...]

Texas Judicial Council admits widespread (43%) non-compliance by guardians

April 23, 2018 // 2 Comments

AUSTIN – The Texas Judicial Council recently announced to the House of Representatives last week in Washington, D.C. that 43 percent of adult guardianship cases in the state of Texas are out of compliance with reporting requirements. Adult guardianship cases include the elderly and people with disabilities who have become “wards” of the state. Their assets make up some $4 to $5 billion that pass through county probate courts in Texas, according to TJC data. There are not only breaches [- more...]

State of the Guardianship Union message

February 2, 2018 // 29 Comments

My fellow Americans My message to you today is that the state of the guardianship union and industry in these United States of America is strong. Very strong. In spite of endless complaints from victims, countless well-publicized media reports of exploitation and corruption, incessant reports of court-based abuses in nearly every state and hapless legislative attempts to rein in the power of guardianship courts in America, the industry remains unassailable and in absolute control of millions of [- more...]

New Legislation Quandries

January 28, 2018 // 3 Comments

People get very excited when they hear that their state legislators may actually be listening to their complaints and trying to do the right thing by the public that elected these civil servants. In guardianship matters, case reports, investigative reports, pressure from advocacy groups, as well as multiple indictments across the country of court insiders have led to a sense of hope and optimism that there is reason to expect that progress is forthcoming in the form of new legislation that [- more...]

Courts as a revenue source, federal money and its strings.

December 21, 2017 // 1 Comment

  Probate/Equity courts across the country are not only creating guardianships in record numbers but abetting the explosion in the number of abusive and exploitative professional guardianships. We estimate that about 14% of adult for profit guardianships are fraudulent and/or abusive accounting for billions of dollars of wealth extraction yearly. But why? Remember: Guardianship is about money—only money. But even a cursory examination of one court funding system provides a ready [- more...]

S178 Signed into Law, the Elder Abuse Prevention and Prosecution Act

October 18, 2017 // 4 Comments

The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release On Wednesday October 18, 2017 President Donald J. Trump Signed S178 into Law, the “Elder Abuse Prevention and Prosecution Act,” which establishes certain requirements for the Department of Justice with respect to investigating and prosecuting elder abuse crimes; and amends Federal criminal law to expand telemarketing fraud to include “email marketing” fraud…and provides the first federal protections for adults [- more...]

U.S. Department of Justice looking into Guardianship Abuse

July 27, 2017 // 12 Comments

The moment a judge signs the order for an involuntary guardianship they have designated your loved one “disabled”.  These individuals are protected by the federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1993 and the Olmstead Act provision enacted in 1999 to protect those unlawfully institutionalized and isolated.  Most adult guardianship adjudicating courts completely ignore these obligations.  These violations provide federal authorities the opportunity to step in and demand [- more...]
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