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Ohio: Once in a guardianship, few get out

May 2, 2018 // 1 Comment

We are reprinting this 2014 article from The Columbus Dispatch because, once again, so little has actually changed for the Wards trapped in guardianship since this article’s original publication on May 14, 2014.  We refer readers to previous articles published about Franklin County (Ohio) and abusive guardian and attorney Paul S. Kormanik, and Kormanik’s suicide once he was convicted of guardianship & legal abuses of his over 400 wards and sentenced to jail. A Dispatch analysis [- 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...]

The Death of Democracy in the Probate “Court” 

January 17, 2018 // 6 Comments

The Death of Democracy in the Probate “Court” By David Arnold Originally published in the Boston Broadside December 2017 Reprinted with permission The United States is a democracy. Right? I never questioned that until 2012. Someone that I loved very dearly was subjected to severe abuse by the Probate Court. I was also subjected to abuse. I survived. Gretchen did not. The lasting damage done to me by this experience was the destruction of my belief that people do not have to fear abuse by [- more...]

POLICE & SHERIFFS: “ENFORCE OUR JURY TRIAL RIGHTS” 

December 13, 2017 // 1 Comment

  Probate Court Thefts & Obstructions of Justice- Expanding Crime & Debt,  Endangering & Killing Our Citizens As We Speak  Disclaimer: There are good guardianships. there are good guardians, there are honest judges in probate courts all around the country. But there are many bad ones as well as documented in the countless cases investigated by AAAPG  over theyears. Something needs to be done about the bad ones, because they are really bad and a mortal threat to seniors and [- more...]

What do you think?

October 11, 2017 // 4 Comments

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 // 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...]

National: Advisors Need To Know About These Common Retirement Scams

September 7, 2017 // 0 Comments

By Juliette Fairley for Financial Advisor Magazine. While working in a nursing home as an administrator in the Dallas/Fort Worth area 11 years ago, Susan Hodges admitted three new residents who were different than others who lived there. “They were depressed and anxious,” Hodges told Financial Advisor magazine. “Turns out they were wards of the state of Texas whose assets were under the control of a guardianship company after a Tarrant County Probate Judge deemed them incompetent.” [- more...]

What The Bar does with other people’s money— IOLTA accounts

August 8, 2017 // 0 Comments

The All Powerful Bar in Florida (and other states) has a Charitable arm called the Florida Bar Foundation, a not for profit corporation supported by numerous cash streams. A small percentage of their income comes from member donations, but if figures from Their annual report from 2016 are correct The Florida Bar Foundation received a total of 5.5 million in income last fiscal year (down from a high of 44 million ten years ago when interest rates were higher) and a whopping 44.6% of that was [- 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...]
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