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Florida: Seniors protest at Palm Beach County Courthouse and SB 232 passes unanimously

February 25, 2016

By John Pacenti ­ Palm Beach Post Staff Writer In the wake of numerous reports of abuse of incapacitated seniors by court-appointed professional guardians, the Florida House on Wednesday sent a bill to Gov. Rick Scott that for the first time would exert regulatory authority over a burgeoning industry that some critics dub “elder cleansing.” On the same day, protesters marched outside of the Palm Beach County Courthouse in Delray Beach, calling for judicial reform. The Legislature’s [- more...]

Unanimous passage of SB 232

February 10, 2016

Start at 260 minutes Senate Vote on SB 232 For the second year in a row AAAPG has advocated for and succeeded in the passage of major guardianship reform in Florida. No other group in the country can claim this honor. Special thanks to our warrior Doug Franks for attending every House and Senate Committee meeting on this and other related bills. Special thanks to Julie London Ferguson whose devotion to her mother Marise convinced Senator Detert to create this Bill. And special thanks to Barbara [- more...]

Comments Solicited on Reform Bill in Florida Senate

January 5, 2016

Florida reform bill SB 232 is set to pass this year as the only meaningful piece of  State Guardianship Reform legislation.   Please take the time to analyze it and submit your comments to drsam@aaapg.net   Senator Nancy Detert’s Bill SB 232 [- more...]

Reports from Around the Country on Guardianship

December 2, 2015

Guardianship Abuse is attracting more and more attention in numerous States Here, supplied by Attorney Kendra Cooper, are links to reports from Massachusetts, Maine and Georgia.1. Final Report of the Maine AG’s  Task Force on Financial Exploitation of the Elderly March 11, 2015  ( 16 pages) http://937thewave.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Financial-Crimes-Against-the-Elderly-TF-Final-Report-3-11-2015.pdf2. Massachusetts Special Commission on Elder Protective Services  Report  of [- more...]

Video: AAAPG Member uncovers the abuse of her mother

October 30, 2015

Our member Julie London Ferguson in interviewed by her local ABC News affiliate in Sarasota revealing how her mother, Marise London, has been abused and exploited in Guardianship Julie’s interview with ABC News can be watched on our YouTube channel by clicking on this [- more...]

Florida: Finish reform of guardianship law

October 28, 2015

From Lake and Sumter Counties in Florida: Finish the Job Linda Bous lost her husband in January 2014. She lost her freedom in April 2014, when a state-appointed guardian took control of her finances and had the 66-year-old Sarasota woman placed in a locked facility for dementia patients. The hearing to have her declared a ward of the state was held after she was placed in the facility, and Bous says she was not told she could attend. After months — and a desperate phone call to the newsroom [- more...]

Florida: Lawmakers Seek To Shield Seniors From Shady Guardians

October 13, 2015

October 9, 2015 10:02 PM from CBS-Miami Local News TALLAHASSEE (NSF) – A Southwest Florida lawmaker is renewing a push to better protect elderly Floridians from unscrupulous guardians who take control of seniors’ assets. The Senate Children, Families and Elder Affairs Committee this week approved a bill (SB 232), filed by Sen. Nancy Detert, R-Venice, that would charge the Department of Elder Affairs with certifying and overseeing professional guardians — and disciplining those who abuse [- more...]

Florida: Senator Detert renews bid to reform guardianship program

September 17, 2015

By Barbara Peters Smith Published: Wednesday, September 9, 2015 at 1:43 p.m. State Sen. Nancy Detert, R-Venice, has started a second effort to reform Florida’s adult guardianship system, and said Wednesday that this legislation will be her top priority for the 2016 session. The new bill seeks to establish what she calls a “complaint department” for Floridians affected by the guardianship system — in a repeat of her original legislation that was stymied by political maneuvers [- more...]

Florida: Response to FL SB 232

September 9, 2015

Background:  Florida’s legislature is attempting to pass another guardianship reform bill in 2016, to build upon the success of Florida HB 5 from 2015’s legislative session.  SB 232 is being proposed by Florida State Senator Nancy Detert.  Below are comments from AAAPG Founder Dr. Sam Sugar about what passage of SB 232 might mean for guardianship reform. AAAPG deeply appreciates the Senator Detert’s commitment to addressing aspects of reforming the guardianship statutes so [- more...]
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