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New Mexico Editorial: State Supreme Court makes right move in guardian system review

March 31, 2017

By Albuquerque Journal Editorial Board It’s encouraging to see the New Mexico Supreme Court recognizes the need to review the state’s troubled system designed to protect individuals deemed by the courts to be “incapacitated” and placed under court-appointed guardianship, conservatorship or both. Chief Justice Charles Daniels says he and the other four justices plan to appoint a commission to undertake a comprehensive study of the issue – including public hearings – that will inform [- more...]

Opinion: It’s all about the money in probate

March 31, 2017

Who makes money when a judge orders a person – usually an older woman – into professional guardianship? Who makes money when the judge makes the discretionary, and radical, decision to revoke and not honor a ward’s perfectly executed existing legal documents including powers of attorney, trusts, property ownership that were written and signed while the ward still had mental capacity? According to research conducted by Americans Against Abusive Probate Guardianship, 95 percent of the time [- more...]

Communication with New Mexico Chief Justice Daniels

March 23, 2017

March 23, 2017 Most Honorable Chief Justice Daniels Please accept my sincere thanks for taking a moment to read this e-mail. I am the founder of the national organization Americans Against Abusive Probate Guardianship http://www.aaapg.net. Recently, New Mexico victims created the independent affiliate chapter www.aaapg.net/NM. It is my understanding that you graciously attended a town hall meeting last evening in which my esteemed colleague Kelley Smoot Garrett presented the [- more...]

Perspective

January 19, 2017

Lessons learned As I reflect on the experiences of the last several years as an advocate for victims of guardianship abuse, it is fair to say that I have gained a certain perspective on the breadth and depth of the guardianship crisis in the United States. Perhaps the most important one is that it is a crisis of major proportions affecting large numbers of families in essentially every state. Despite the enormity of the abuse, the nature of the crisis is essentially unknown to the vast majority [- more...]

Nevada: Attorney indicted on theft and exploitation of the elderly charges

January 5, 2017

CLARK COUNTY (KTNV) – A Grand Jury secured an indictment against attorney Robert Graham on Tuesday. He faces three counts of theft and three counts of exploitation of an older/vulnerable person. Two counts of destroying evidence were also included in the indictment. RELATED: Local attorney abandons clients, according to Nevada State Bar Graham faces 1-10 years for each theft charge, 2-20 years for each exploitation charge, and up to 364 days in jail for destroying evidence. The District [- 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...]

Roadblocks to Guardianship Abuses–they do not work

December 9, 2016

Destroying Roadblocks to Guardianship Abuse The guardianship laws in every state (guardianship systems are entirely created by state, not federal law) have been designed, at least on paper, to prevent unnecessary guardianships and abuse by the guardianship industry. The high-minded motivation behind these laws is to protect people from the government intruding in their private lives. If that’s the case, why are there so many emergency and involuntary plenary guardianships and so very many [- more...]

New Mexico: Who’s guarding the guardians? Part 1 of 5

November 27, 2016

Editor’s note: Investigative journalist Diane Dimond, whose weekly syndicated column on crime and justice appears in the Journal, is preparing a book on the nation’s elder guardianship system. It’s a system designed to protect the elderly from the unscrupulous. But as Dimond discovered, it can be dominated by a core group of court-appointed, for-profit professionals who are accused of isolating family members and draining the elders’ estates. New Mexico is no exception. This is the [- 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...]
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