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New Mexico: Guardianship Commission reveals changes to be proposed

September 23, 2017

From the Albuquerque Journal By Colleen Heild / Journal Investigative Reporter Friday, September 22nd, 2017 at 11:45pm A special commission on Friday unveiled a slate of ambitious proposals to strengthen oversight of the state’s ailing guardian and conservator system, which oversees finances and other major decisions for many of New Mexico’s most vulnerable citizens. The Supreme Court-appointed commission’s recommendations include hiring special court employees to hear grievances and [- more...]

Nevada: Clark County district attorney creates new elder abuse unit

November 6, 2015

By Colton Lochhead Las Vegas Review-Journal The Clark County district attorney’s office on Wednesday announced the creation of a new elder abuse unit to prosecute crimes against the aged and vulnerable. Cases involving physical or mental abuse, neglect, isolation and financial exploitation will now be prosecuted by two specialized deputy district attorneys. Those cases had previously been handled by the office’s general prosecutions teams. “The protection of our seniors from [- more...]

Audio: Suing A Nursing Home Could Get Easier Under Proposed Federal Rules

October 19, 2015

From NPR, “All Things Considered” 19 October 2015 Suing A Nursing Home Could Get Easier Under Proposed Federal Rules OCTOBER 19, 2015 3:30 PM ET Ina Jaffe 2010 INA JAFFE Proponents of arbitration say the system is more efficient than going to court for both sides, but arbitration can be costly, too. And a 2009 study showed the typical awards in nursing [- more...]

New York: Artist Peter Max can go home with his wife, judge rules

October 9, 2015

Pop Artist Peter Max was freed Wednesday after being allegedly held against his will at a secret location for the last month by his son and a court-appointed guardian. Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Carol Edmead ordered the 77-year-old be produced in court after an emergency application by his wife, Mary Max, charged that he was being kept in “illegal, unwanted and forced isolation from his wife and longtime friends.” The jubilant pair shared a tender kiss outside their Upper West Side [- more...]

Florida: Guardianship: Family rift, public fix

September 25, 2015

TERMINAL ILLNESS AND FAMILY FEUD LEAD TO LOSS OF SARASOTA WOMAN’S RIGHTS FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2015 BARBARA PETERS SMITH Doctors have told Jennie Bowie Ivey the cancer that has migrated from her chest to her lungs is unstoppable. But the 88-year-old Sarasota woman seems serene about her disease, her daily proximity to death, and even the stunning fatigue that makes every conversation an effort. What distresses her is a long-seething family feud that boiled over into guardianship court this [- more...]

Florida: Zelman v. Zelman empowers relatives with full Interested Persons’ rights

September 9, 2015

Zelman v. Zelman, is new case law in Florida that will make it extremely difficult for any guardianship to argue against empowering relatives/loved ones with FULL Interested Person rights.  The 2006 Florida Supreme Court case of Hayes v. Guardianship of Thompson ruled much the same, but was written in a somewhat unclear and confusing manner that it has allowed guardianship lawyers to escape its true meaning. Zelman v. Zelman, Fourth District Court of Appeals, September 2015 [- more...]

Nevada: Elyse Tyrell, Jared Shafer’s lawyer, facing State Bar of Nevada complaint from family of exploited elder

August 24, 2015

INSIDE VEGAS by Steve Miller  August 24, 2015 LAS VEGAS – I had no intention of bringing anyone to tears. A dozen people, including myself (Las Vegas Review-Journal photo of the back of my head), testified on Monday, August 17 before the Nevada Supreme Court Guardianship Commission empowered to investigate hundreds of cases of elder exploitation. To the dismay of at least two Commissioners, the hearing was covered by national media. The witnesses told of more than [- more...]

Nevada: KOLO-8 ABC News – Elder Exploitation Lessons Learned

August 23, 2015

Updated: Mon 12:41 PM, Aug 17, 2015 RENO, NV – We’ve all heard about elder abuse, but what about elder exploitation? That’s where a family member, acquaintance, or professional takes advantage of a senior’s finances. It’s becoming a big problem as our senior population grows. Sometime such crimes can even happen under the most controlled environments—under the watchful eye of the courts. By all accounts Angela Dottei was a responsible person. A former employee with Washoe county [- more...]

New York: Long Island Attorney admits to embezzling $797,000 in funds from client

August 18, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE TUESDAY, JUNE 23, 2015 DISTRICT ATTORNEY QUEENS COUNTY 125-01 QUEENS BOULEVARD KEW GARDENS, NEW YORK 11415-15611 718-286-6000 Release 109-2015 twitter@QueensDABrown CONTACT: KEVIN RYAN IKIMULISA LIVINGSTON MERIS CAMPBELL 718-286-6315 LONG ISLAND ATTORNEY ADMITS TO EMBEZZLING S797,000 IN FUNDS FROM CLIENTS Will Sign Confession Of Judgment; Faces Vp To 410 12 Years in Prison Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown today announced that a Great Neck, Long [- more...]
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