Guardianship News:

Lack of Due Process

Rhode Island: Richmond probate judge asks whether lawyers are taking too much from woman’s estate

April 19, 2017

By Tom Mooney Journal Staff Writer RICHMOND, R.I. — A contested probate case is raising questions about how a 90-year-old woman from Ohio became involuntarily committed to a Rhode Island assisted-living facility. The case of Rita Cole, of Cincinnati, has attracted the attention of an advocacy group called the Americans Against Abusive Probate Guardianship, which — along with a relative and friend of Cole’s — alleges that a court-appointed guardian had Cole committed to a Providence [- more...]

Pennsylvania: the tragic case of mentally-competent Betty Winstanley

April 9, 2017

by Sharyl Attkisson/FullMeasure.news 04/09/2017 — Sharyl: Court-appointed guardianships for incapacitated adults can do a tremendous service protecting their assets, fielding family feuds, and making difficult decisions. But some elderly feel victimized by the very system tasked with protecting them. One estimate in 2013 found 1.5 million adults were under court-ordered guardianships controlling $273 billion in personal assets. Complaints appear to be growing but it’s impossible to know [- more...]

Rhode Island: Rita Cole’s story

April 1, 2017

TO: Judge Christine Engustian of the Richmond Probate Court and her managers, The Town Council of Richmond, Rhode Island. Ms. Rita Cole, 90, resident of Cincinnati, OH, conscripted into guardianship in Rhode Island, Case No. 2016-15 had a net worth of $225,000 in May 2016 when attorney R.J. Connelly, III involuntarily conscripted her into guardianship. Rita was in Rhode Island visiting family and had Connelly modify her estate documents where he gained access to all her critical estate [- 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...]

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...]

Court-ordered guardianship: “Legalized exploitation of the elderly”

March 25, 2017

Where is accountability for guardians’ actions? By Diane Dimond / Crime and Justice In my continuing effort to inform readers about what can happen when a family asks a judge to decide a dispute over what to do with their aging parent — may I call your attention, please, to the state of Nevada? The Sagebrush State spawned a court-appointed guardian to beat all others! Elder care guardian April Parks has now been slapped with a 200-count indictment charging her – along with her business [- more...]

Nevada: Open letter to NV Chief Justice James Hardesty

May 18, 2016

TO: Stephanie Heying Court Services Analyst Nevada Supreme Court / Administrative Office of the Courts (775) 687-9815 / Fax (775) 687-9811 sheying@nvcourts.nv.gov To members of the commission and the Most Honorable Chief Justice of Nevada James Hardesty: I am grateful for the invitation that allows me to contribute written remarks for the May 20th 2016 meeting of the Nevada Guardianship Commission. Americans Against Abusive Probate Guardianship is a national 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to [- more...]

Open Letter to Jetta Getty from AAAPG Member T. Lyles

May 10, 2016

This is a public letter written by an AAAPG Member to former President of the Florida State Guardianship Association, Jetta Getty, and to Jason Nelson, Director of the newly-created Office of Public and Private Guaridanship in Florida. This office was created as a result of AAAPG sponsored legislation this year in Florida Senate Bill 232. Mr. Nelson/Ms. Getty: I hope that you can read and digest the comments that I am about to make below because my voice is one of TENS OF THOUSANDS who have [- more...]
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