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Defund Probate, don’t defend it!

April 25, 2017

DEFUND FLORIDA PROBATE COURT The Palm Beach Post has done a wonderful job of exposing fatal flaws in Probate court in Palm Beach County that are reflective of identical crises throughout the State. Given the countless complaints and news stories  about abusive probate guardianships in the State of Florida, there should remain no doubt whatsoever that this court-based process originally designed to protect innocent vulnerable has devolved, in a surprisingly high percentage of cases, into a [- more...]

Florida: Guardianship ‘Fix’ Heads To Governor’s Desk

April 19, 2017

By Kate Payne A slate of changes to Florida’s guardianship law is heading to the governor’s desk. The updates legislators want are meant to protect some of the state’s most vulnerable residents, but critics worry they’re missing the mark. Florida’s guardianship laws outline how someone is deemed legally incapable of handling their own affairs. Ultimately, finances and end of life issues can all be overseen by a guardian. Here’s St. Petersburg Democrat Ben Diamond explaining how [- more...]

Florida: Guardianship reform thwarted by Judge’s wife

April 9, 2017

By John Pacenti/Palm Beach Post After years of lobbying state legislators, peppering them with horror stories about incapacitated seniors trapped in court-ordered guardianships, advocates thought they had a solution in hand. Lawmakers passed a bill in the 2016 session that would for the first time give Florida the power to regulate professional guardians appointed by judges to control the finances and the medical care of some of the state’s most vulnerable people. No longer would families [- more...]

Florida: Case after case of abuse and criminality in Palm Beach FL from just one “guardian”

December 14, 2016

At least $400,000 is missing from the life savings of an incapacitated senior assigned to professional guardian Elizabeth Savitt — wife of Circuit Judge Martin Colin, the senior’s former lawyers claim in court documents. Savitt received the guardianship appointment just a few months before she paid off a $308,000 foreclosure judgment on a Delray Beach home, days ahead of the auction block. The former attorneys for 86-year-old Frances Berkowitz accuse Savitt of “wasting, embezzlement [- more...]

From Advocate Rick Black on the case of Dr. Lillie S. White

November 23, 2016

FW: URGENT: Dr. Lillie S. White Case RB Rick Black Reply| Today, 12:45 PM sprice@circuit7.org; Robert.Anderson@myflfamilies.com; Sarah.Farhadian@mail.house.gov; +22 more White.FOIA.Request.11.16.pdf121 KB 2 attachments (267 KB) Download all Save all to OneDrive – Personal Dear Florida public officials charged with protecting vulnerable seniors like Dr. Lillie White, I have written, called, or spoken to all of you concerning Dr. White’s case.  Sadly none of you engaged.  As you enjoy [- more...]

How one Ward is now free after 4 years and 2 million dollars squandered

November 17, 2016

Doug Franks said he would never give up trying to free his beloved mother from a horrific guardianship that isolated and impoverished her. Doug was true to his word and with AAAPG at and on his side, he tirelessly traveled from Atlanta to Tallahassee to testify at countless hearings and sessions of the FLorida Legislature. He had to fight off multiple ruthless lawyers, trustees, guardians, stubborn judges, dishonest caregivers and mercenary banks, but in November Doug beat them all and got his [- more...]

Florida Chief Justice establishes Guardianship workgroup

October 26, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 10/24/2016 Contact: Craig Waters, Director of Public Information Florida Supreme Court (850) 414-7641 Workgroup to Focus on Guardianship Issues in Florida’s Courts TALLAHASSEE – Few decisions are more challenging to a judge than removing a person’s rights because they are no longer capable of making decisions independently, Florida Chief Justice Jorge Labarga said Monday. Yet caseloads are increasing in number and complexity and have convinced him to create a [- more...]

The racket destroys another innocent life in Florida

August 21, 2016

http://www.heraldtribune.com/article/20160820/NEWS/160819591?Title=Courtroom-trauma-Amicable-divorce-turned-to-guardianship-nightmare&tc=ar Our friends and colleagues Bille Eppley and Jan Vergara rescue another innocent victim of the out of control, cruel, criminal clutches of the guardianship mafia in Florida. The story is not unique or even unusual except the it was initiated by an amicable divorce. Wake up America. There is a good chance it could happen to you too.   [- more...]

Florida: More on investigation into Judge Colin’s wife & guardian Betsy Savitt

May 23, 2016

From the Palm Beach Post: Carla Simmonds, a Delray Beach nursing administrator and mother of two, decided two years ago to get in shape by attending a “boot camp workout.” But after a vigorous session in February 2014, Simmonds suffered a life-shattering stroke caused by a leak in her carotid artery that triggered a massive blood clot in her frontal lobe. Doctors were forced to temporarily remove half of the 47-year-old’s skull to contain swelling so her brain did not dislodge from her [- more...]
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