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

August 8, 2017

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...]

Florida: Judge rules guardian can’t bond out of jail with suspected clients’ money

July 31, 2017

Editor’s Note:  Long-time Florida guardian Fernando Gutierrez was arrested in late June 2017, on suspicions of using his clients’ money to fund his personal expenses (where have we recently heard these same accusations? New Mexico, perhaps. Or was it Nevada?) It was a very different Gutierrez who appeared before a judge in Florida, than the cocky, arrogant guardian who debated AAAPG Founder, Dr Sam Sugar, on Oct 19, 2015. CLEARWATER, Fla. – Professional guardian Fernando [- more...]

Embattled Florida Lawfirm faces another reversal in Federal Court

July 31, 2017

The news is not good for a prominent Florida law firm accused of bilking a Ward out of huge sums in a guardianship.  See our prior post at O Connell Verdict These landmark rulings may be the beginning of justice for victims around the state.   DISTRICT COURT OF APPEAL OF THE STATE OF FLORIDA FOURTH DISTRICT LINDA W. BOTTA, individually, BETHANY B. BOYD, individually, and NANCY D. COLACHICCO, individually, Appellants, v. CIKLIN, LUBITZ & O’CONNELL, a Partnership of Professional [- more...]

Florida: Jury awards $16.4 Million against guardianship attorneys

July 31, 2017

On Friday, July 28, 2017, a unanimous jury in the U. S. District Court, West Palm Beach Courthouse, awarded $16,400,000 to the Estate of Oliver Wilson Bivins, Sr., and against West Palm Beach guardianship attorneys, Brian O’Connell and Brian O’Connell of the Ciklin Lubitz & O’Connell law firm. The hotly contested two-week jury trial was handled by BBLF partners Ron Denman, Chuck Bavol and Grant Kindrick. The jury found that attorneys Brian O’Connell and Ashley Crispin had breached [- more...]

Position Paper for WINGS Florida Meeting

July 17, 2017

AAAPG Statement for Opening Florida Wings Meeting “we used to fear getting cancer, now we fear guardianship even more” Americans Against Abusive Probate Guardianship, an all-volunteer national advocacy organization headquartered in Florida with affiliates in over 40 states is pleased to represent the interests and concerns of over 500 self-identified victims of adult professional guardianship abuse at this venue. Since its inception our group has worked to diligently to fulfill our mission [- more...]

Pinellas County Abuser Arrested FINALLY

June 23, 2017

Gutierrez Arrested in Pinellas AAAPG is proud to announce that a predatory guardian has been arrested for just two of his many crimes against the defenseless elderly in Pinellas County. AAAPG described the scam that was being used against elderly nursing home residents to become their personal representative and proceed to bleed them of every penny of their meager monthly payments from the state or Social Security while leaving them to rot in misery.The Pinellas Scam The arrestee, Fernando [- more...]

This was bound to happen

June 19, 2017

And of course it did, in Palm Beach County Florida, where the most egregious guardianship fraud and abuse cases exploit and destroy individuals and families. Nothing could be more revealing of how lawyers distort the laws designed to protect those who need help and turn them into weapons of legal destruction for the purposes of enriching predatory court insiders. Laws intended to help people are used as weapons to pursue ill gotten wealth or power or (in this case) a political agenda. And [- more...]

Florida: Guardian won’t dole out inheritance unless objection is withdrawn

May 13, 2017

From the Palm Beach Post, by John Pacenti: Professional guardian Elizabeth Savitt has threatened to withhold the last of a family’s inheritance unless an objection to her conduct filed in court is withdrawn. She also said she would decrease the remainder of the inheritance — about $200,000 — if she has to fight the objection in court. Savitt was the court-appointed guardian for Albert Vassallo Sr., who died in November. She has distributed about $400,000 of the inheritance to six [- more...]

Florida: Judge’s wife Elizabeth Savitt under investigation by new state guardianship office

May 13, 2017

From the Palm Beach Post, by John Pacenti Elizabeth Savitt, the former judge’s wife and professional guardian who has been the subject of numerous of complaints from families of incapacitated seniors, is being investigated by the state’s new Office of Public and Professional Guardianship. The agency is the state’s new watchdog for professional guardians and now has the power under rules adopted this legislative session to discipline them. If the investigation turns up wrongdoing, the [- more...]
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