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Tennessee: Woman battles unintended consequences of conservatorship bill

February 19, 2018 // 0 Comments

WARNING: It has become commonplace for states to pass laws that specifically allow hospitals, nursing homes, and other institutions providing in-patient (medical) care to put their patients under guardianship so that they control their patient’s estate and can then pay themselves for any patient bills that the institution generates. It’s called an appointed “Health Care Fiduciary” and it’s one of the most expensive way to be forced to pay for medical care.  AAAPG [- more...]

New Mexico: Elder guardianship aims to bilk more than help

February 29, 2016 // 0 Comments

This is the latest column from nationally-syndicated columnist Diane Dimond, who was raised in New Mexico, and is shocked to find out what her state has done that amounts to court-ordered predation upon New Mexico’s elderly, sick, and infirm.  From Saturday February 27, 2016, Albuquerque Journal: I wrote about the plight of 94-year-old Betty Winstanley, who resides at the Masonic Village retirement home in Elizabethtown, Pa. She doesn’t want to live there anymore. Now that her husband [- more...]

Video-Podcast: Justice Served with Andy Ostrowski

November 25, 2015 // 0 Comments

Wednesday, November 18 at 6 p,m, est, Dr. Sam Sugar, founder of the AAAPG was on the Twigs Cafe Radio show Justice Served with Andy Ostrowski Episode 16-2015-11-18.  It was a great interview, for which I received great feedback. I hope you find it worthy to share. Thank you, Dr. Sugar. It is my hope that this podcast can be used as a part of all of our efforts to continue to bring much-needed attention to Guardianship Abuse issues, with the goal of reform on a national level. Andy Ostrowski [- more...]

Florida: Latest Pinellas County Guardianship horror story

November 17, 2015 // 0 Comments

At AAAPG we receive many emails, pleading for help with attorneys and judges who abuse guardianship laws and enrich themselves, leaving our elderly and disabled loved ones to suffer.  But this letter is the most heart-rending, horrific story of a lawyer criminally abusing his legal priviledges granted by their  admission to their State’s Bar, that we have ever heard.  Read it and decide for yourselves: About a year and a half ago, I was in the mist of a child custody dispute for my 12 [- more...]

Florida: Elder guardianship — A well-oiled machine

September 25, 2015 // 0 Comments

At 89, Marie Winkelman has long considered herself a fortunate woman — even though she lost her entire family except for one cousin in the Holocaust, was widowed twice and has no children. Her brave odyssey from wartime Poland to the United States would appear to have ended happily, with a comfortable retirement in Sarasota. But Winkelman’s faith in a nation that had been kind to her was shaken in July 2013, when she was stripped of her civil rights and declared a ward of the state of [- more...]

Missouri: Proposed changes to guardianship law would give wards stronger voice, task force members say

July 29, 2015 // 0 Comments

July 28, 2015, Springfield (MO) News-Leader: Proposed changes to guardianship law would give wards stronger voice, task force members say Proposed changes to Missouri’s guardianship law would give some wards a stronger voice in their affairs, according to members of the task force who drafted a revision to the current law. The Mo-Wings task force (Missouri’s Working Interdisciplinary Network of Guardianship Stakeholders) began considering changes to the current law four years ago. Their [- more...]

Texas: another Titus County (Mt Pleasant) resident disputes their guardianship order

July 4, 2015 // 0 Comments

From the Mt Pleasant, Texas Daily Tribune – serving Titus, Franklin and Camp counties A motion has been filed in Titus County to remove guardian in the case of Ann Walton James. Records show the motion to remove guardian was filed on behalf of James’ great-niece, Barbara Ann Reynolds. Last month, former Titus County Clerk Dianne Norris Owens spoke at length about that guardianship case at the county commission meeting. Owens’ public comments on June 22 mirror statements set out in the [- more...]

Nevada: KTNV’s Darcy Spears frees couple from Clark County’s guardianship system

July 2, 2015 // 0 Comments

By Darcy Spears. CREATED Jun 12, 2015 Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) — Free at last. That’s the case for one family after a two-year battle to get out of Clark County’s guardianship system. It’s the latest in a lengthy Contact 13 investigation that’s given families a voice in a system where they say they were silenced. Hugs and tears outside Family Court after a guardianship hearing that paved the way for Julie Belshe to take the last steps in bringing her torn apart family [- more...]

Florida’s 12th Judicial District creates overseer for guardianship

June 25, 2015 // 0 Comments

From the front page of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune: Abuses of the elder guardianship system documented in recent Herald-Tribune articles are prompting local court officials to consider creating a new oversight position. Walt Smith, the court administrator for Florida’s 12th Judicial Circuit covering Sarasota, Manatee and Desoto counties, and incoming chief Judge Charles Williams proposed a plan Wednesday to hire a monitor who would investigate complaints about guardians. The two officials [- more...]

Florida: How does HB 5 change guardianship?

June 14, 2015 // 0 Comments

On June 10, 2015, Florida Gov Rick Scott signed into law Florida Rep. Nancy Passidomo’s HB 5.  Among the changes the new law makes: Emergency Temporary Guardian (ETG) no longer is favored by the court to be appointed Permanent Guardian Family of a Ward must be notified with 24 hours of an ETG hearing ETG can only become permanent by request of the family or the ward Guardians are required to regularly update the court on the wards condition, especially if the change of condition would [- more...]
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