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Florida: Guardian won’t dole out inheritance unless objection is withdrawn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has threatened to withhold the last of a family’s inheritance unless an objection to her conduct filed in court is withdrawn.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...]

The Al Katz guardianship fiasco retaliation against Beverly Newman

May 12, 2017

Advocate victim Beverly Newman needs our help getting the word out about the legal abuse going on in her life due to her father’s guardianship. She is being retaliated against and abused in 2 states. She is fighting in Indiana as well as against an eviction possibility in Florida. Even worse, she is being attacked with blatant anti-semitic tactics because her father Al Katz was a Holocaust survivor and Beverly and her husband Larry run the Al Katz center for Holocaust study. You can reach [- more...]

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...]
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