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Colorado: Watchdog.org reports Lawmakers to take on receivership, probate abuse

July 30, 2015

Lawmakers to take on receivership, probate abuse By Arthur Kane | Watchdog.org DENVER — When Diego Conde’s mother died in 2008 she left him a modest $20,000 inheritance to help pay for school and other expenses. But since he wasn’t 18, the court appointed a guardian to oversee the estate. By the time he turned of age, the money was gone and, he said, half went to expenses and compensation for the guardian. “My college bills weren’t being paid on time, I got an eviction notice and [- more...]

Colorado lawmaker pledges probate reform after hearing victim stories

July 30, 2015

July 30, 2015 The Denver Post: A state senator plans to introduce legislation next year that would provide greater protection to families who saw their estates diminished or wiped out by court-appointed fiduciaries. Laura Woods, an Arvada Republican, took statements from about two dozen people who went Wednesday to a hearing about probate reform. A Senate Democrat, Pat Steadman of Denver, joined her and took notes as family members angrily recounted personal stories. The senators got about 50 [- more...]

California: AB 1085 Signed by Governor Brown – All Adults Have A Right to Visitation

July 26, 2015

Date: Sun, 26 Jul 2015 07:53:19 -0700 Subject: California AB 1085 Signed by Governor Brown: All Adults Have A Right to Visitation From: Linda Kincaid, MPH AB 1085 originated in response to isolation of Casey Kasem by his wife.  The original bill only addressed visitation in step-family relationships. With encouragement from California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform (CANHR) and Coalition for Elder and Dependent Adult Rights (CEDAR), language in the bill was expanded to address ALL adult [- more...]

Texas: Commentary on Guardianship opinion piece in Austin American-Statesman

July 23, 2015

Thomas Suehs, former executive commissioner of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission and member of the Guardianship Reform and Supported Decision-Making Workgroup recently published an opinion piece in the Austin American-Statesman, extolling the benefits of unnamed legislative bills, passed during Texas’ just-completed 84th biennium legislative session, which purport to support Wards during legal Guardianship, which once enacted, typically lasts the duration of the Ward’s [- more...]

Florida State Guardianship Association gears up against future legislative efforts aimed at regulation

July 21, 2015

The June 2012 Florida State Guardianship Association’s (FSGA) official monthly newsletter, The Bulletin, published their President’s Message which contained some surprising statements.  Written by FSGA President Jetta Getty, the message extolls the defeat of Florida Sen Nancy Detert’s HB 1228, and publicly thanks the Florida House of Representatives for walking out of the legislative session early, thus spelling defeat for the licensing of professional guardians. Other [- more...]

Opinion: To Florida Gov Rick Scott – Thank you may not be enough

June 24, 2015

Thank you may not be enough Last night Gov. Rick Scott of the great state of Florida did something that no other governor in this country has done to date. He demonstrated his sincere and abiding concern for the welfare of the citizens of the State of Florida. He took a courageous position to override the petty, banal, greedy, illegitimate business as usual attitude of others in elected office who are content to continue to look the other way as innocent victims of Florida’s deep dark [- more...]

Breaking news: Florida Gov Scott vetoes appropriation to Lutheran Services

June 24, 2015

Florida Gov. Rick Scott vetoed the $750,000.00 appropriation going to Lutheran Services Florida. Lutheran Services Florida (LSF) is the company holding several Floridians hostage under Guardianship laws, including AAAPG member Julie London Ferguson’s mother, Marise Ferguson. Ferguson states that Gov Scott’s veto “sends a message that Florida is recognizing that the Guardianship system was created to help indigents in need, not our wealthier sector who had their advanced [- more...]
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