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Texas – AAAPG activities in Austin

May 12, 2015

AAAPG is delighted to see the Kasem Cares Foundation has made great strides in the passage of a visitation bill, designed to give family members of wards tools to help ensure they cannot be denied visits with family members by a guardian without showing proof to the court of why this is truly in the best interest of the ward. HB 2665, authored by Rep Joe Moody of El Paso, was voted on in the Texas House on May 8, 2015 with 136 Yeas, 1 Nays, 1 Present, not voting.  This bill now moves onto the [- more...]

How does Profit affect the Truth? Dr Sam Sugar discusses Guardianship from three very different perspectives

May 3, 2015

Three very different perspectives on Guardianship There is a fable about six blind men describing an elephant. Once upon a time, there lived six blind men in a village. One day the villagers told them, “Hey, there is an elephant in the village today.” They had no idea what an elephant is. They decided, “Even though we would not be able to see it, let us go and feel it anyway.” All of them went where the elephant was. Every one of them touched the elephant. “Hey, [- more...]

Commentary: Now that SB5 awaits Gov Rick Scott’s signature

April 30, 2015

The success of AAAPG in the Florida legislature’s passing of SB5 is that not only that new laws have been passed, but that this heretofore veiled Guardianship industry that affects thousands and thousands of vulnerable individuals and families has been Outed in Florida and is in public discussion. What happens next is anybody’s guess but what we hope is that our efforts and dramatically increased public awareness will induce the stakeholders in this industry  to pay attention to [- more...]

Palm Beach Post: Bill on professional guardians headed to Gov. Scott

April 30, 2015

April 29, 2015 Bill on professional guardians headed to Gov. Scott By John Pacenti It’s been a tough session for court-appointed professional guardians as at least three laws worked their way through the Florida Legislature to rein in practices after stories surfaced of financial abuse of their elderly wards. In the end, only one passed. Sen. Nancy Detert, R-Venice, called professional guardians “cockroaches” in a committee meeting.  Rep. Kathleen Passidomo, R-Naples, called for criminal [- more...]

Herald-Tribune Politics: One guardianship bill passes; another dies

April 30, 2015

April 28, 2015 HT Politics – One guardianship bill passes; another dies Written by Zac Anderson TALLAHASSEE Seniors facing guardianship proceedings are likely to receive more protection after the Senate passed a bill overhauling the system and sent it to Gov. Rick Scott for final approval Tuesday. But another piece of guardian legislation offering further oversight died when the House adjourned without acting on it. The bill heading to Scott’s desk establishes a formal system for [- more...]

Tampa Bay Times continuing coverage of Florida Legislature SB5

April 30, 2015

April 29, 2015 Tampa Bay Times Florida Senate approves guardianship overhaul TALLAHASSEE — Last year, a coalition of Floridians traveled to Tallahassee to explain how their elderly relatives had been victimized by court-appointed guardians. Lawmakers got the message. The Florida Senate on Tuesday passed legislation changing the way guardians are appointed and explicitly prohibiting the abuse, exploitation or neglect of an elderly ward (HB 5). The bill is now headed to Gov. Rick Scott’s [- more...]

Dr. Sugar’s response to passage of AAAPG Reform Legislation

April 29, 2015

The unanimous final vote on our signature legislation HB5 is a momentous event for the citizens of Florida who now will be a little bit less vulnerable to the greed driven system called guardianship. Our organization is deeply grateful to our champions in the legislature who fought so hard for us, including Senator Diaz de la Portilla (Miami), Representative Kathleen Passidomo (Naples) and Senator Nancy Detert (Venice) and their staffs.  Our work will continue as we realize that we must now [- more...]

Breaking News: Florida Senate approves guardianship overhaul

April 28, 2015

From the Miami Herald at http://www.miamiherald.com/news/state/florida/article19820997.html Florida Senate approves guardianship overhaul By Kathleen McGrory Herald/Times Tallahassee Bureau 04/28/2015 4:55 PM TALLAHASSEE Last year, a coalition of Floridians traveled to Tallahassee explain how their elderly relatives had been victimized by court-appointed guardians. Lawmakers got the message. The Florida Senate on Tuesday passed legislation changing the way guardians are appointed and explicitly [- more...]

Response to boutique trusts and estates law firm

April 28, 2015

Here is AAAPG’s response to attorney-at-law Juan C. Antúnez, writing in his firm’s Probate & Trust Litigation Blog, Must read for Florida guardianship lawyers: Sarasota Herald-Tribune’s special investigative series: “Elder guardianship: A well-oiled machine:   Under-funding is no excuse for cold judges, who are so disinterested or so lazy that they don’t even bother to read petitions. Under-funding is not an excuse for intentionally ignoring advance [- more...]
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