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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...]

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...]

Nevada: Judge Charles Hoskins & Commissioner Jon Norheim have yet to be held accountable

April 14, 2017

Below is the link to the piece KTNV ABC News ran on Tuesday night on guardian Helen Natko’s felony conviction for theft and exploitation of a vulnerable person. Natko’s conviction further indicts Commissioner Jon Norheim and Judge Charles Hoskin for their longstanding bias to insert guardians to insure the exploitation of the estates of the vulnerable brought before them by their court allies. The criminal court system cut 90% of the evidence out and used only the evidence Terri and I put [- more...]

Nevada: Helen Natko convicted in guardianship abuse case

April 12, 2017

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) – A jury has convicted a Las Vegas woman who was the subject of a Contact 13 Investigation for crimes in a guardianship case. Helen Natko was found guilty of theft and exploitation of a vulnerable person. The victim was her long-time companion Del Mencarelli who passed away in July 2015. Contact 13 Chief Investigator Darcy Spears started looking into guardianship corruption nearly 3 years ago with Del’s case. Natko was appointed Del’s guardian. But Del’s [- more...]

Nevada breaking news: Helen Natko convicted of theft & exploitation

April 11, 2017

The jury came back this morning with a guilty verdict on both counts against Helen Natko. My wife Terri and I are so very thankful to Las Vegas Metropolitan Police investigators and especially to Clark County Chief Deputy District Attorney J.P. Raman and his assistant Katie. Thanks to all of you for your prayers and support the last 3 years. We have been blessed by your support. After four years working diligently to hold Helen Natko, and Commissioner Jon Norheim’s court allies, to account [- 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...]

Sunday April 9, 2017: Are guardianship programs more hurtful than helpful?

April 7, 2017

From Sharyl Attkisson’s Sunday program Full Measure, “Are guardianship programs more hurtful than helpful?“ Full Measure is a weekly Sunday news program focusing on investigative, original and accountability reporting. The host is Sharyl Attkisson, five-time Emmy Award winner and recipient of the Edward R. Murrow award for investigative reporting. She is backed by a team of award winning journalists. April 9, 2017: Click here to view the complete Sharyl Attkisson’s [- more...]

New Mexico: Albuquerque Journal, state’s largest newspaper, joins lawsuit to end sequestration of guardian mismanagement case

March 31, 2017

Annette Rosenstiel lived to be 101 years old. But what happened to her and her assets during the nine years before her death in 2012 is mired in court-ordered secrecy that is opposed by her only child. Annette Rosenstiel, an author who was married to New York financial heavyweight Raymond S. Rosenstiel, had been the ward of a for-profit guardian/conservator, Decades LLC of Albuquerque, since about 2003. After her death, Annette’s daughter and personal representative, Leonie Rosenstiel, filed [- more...]

New Mexico: State Supreme Court wants review of state’s guardian system

March 26, 2017

The state Supreme Court is forming a commission to look into issues surrounding New Mexico’s system of court-appointed guardians and conservators for incapacitated people. Chief Justice Charles Daniels told the Journal on Friday that he and the other four justices want the commission to do a comprehensive study of the issue and inform the court of its findings after holding public proceedings. “We’re in the early stages of creating a mechanism or a board or commission to look into the [- more...]

Nevada: Las Vegas attorney in guardianship case charged

March 24, 2017

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) – A Las Vegas attorney involved in a guardianship abuse scandal faced a judge Wednesday. Noel Palmer Simpson worked for private guardian April Parks and three of her associates. Simpson is looking at two felony charges for theft and filing false documents. She is part of the sweeping guardianship abuse indictment involving more than 200 felony counts. According to court records, Simpson and Parks changed the beneficiary on an elderly client’s life insurance policy [- more...]
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