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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...]

Florida: Guardianship ‘Fix’ Heads To Governor’s Desk

April 19, 2017

By Kate Payne A slate of changes to Florida’s guardianship law is heading to the governor’s desk. The updates legislators want are meant to protect some of the state’s most vulnerable residents, but critics worry they’re missing the mark. Florida’s guardianship laws outline how someone is deemed legally incapable of handling their own affairs. Ultimately, finances and end of life issues can all be overseen by a guardian. Here’s St. Petersburg Democrat Ben Diamond explaining how [- 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...]

Federal: SB 178 clears the US Senate Judiciary Committee

February 9, 2017

National Elder Protective Advocates, I am working to confirm that the Senate Judiciary Committee passed the Elder Abuse Protection and Prosecution Act through committee this morning, Thursday, Feb 9, 2017. I am also getting word that Senate Bill 178, Court-Appointed Guardian Accountability and Senior Protection Act, was combined and re-numbered SB 182. Of note was that Senator John Cornyn of Texas and Senator Catherine Cortez Masto of Nevada co-sponsored SB182 with Senator Amy Klobuchar of [- 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...]

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...]

Why is this so hard for Senators and the GAO to understand?

December 5, 2016

The three stated goals of our organization are to educate, advocate and legislate. We have had some success particularly in educating the public. The number of articles and exposes about Guardianship abuse have increased dramatically as more and more writers, editors and film makers become educated about the Probate predation industry. Media exposure from investigative reporters in major markets have proliferated to the point where every week or two there is a series of articles in prestigious [- more...]

Beware Guardianship

December 2, 2016

http://www.nextavenue.org/court-appointed-guardian-theft/   On Wednesday, the General Accounting Office of the US released a report that concluded what surely everyone involved in the guardianship arena already knows: There is too much that we don’t know about the scope of guardian abuse of older adults. “The extent of elder abuse by guardians nationally is unknown due to limited data on key factors related to elder abuse by a guardian, such as the numbers of guardians serving older [- 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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