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New Mexico: Editorial – Critical flaws abound in proposed guardianship laws

December 30, 2017 // 0 Comments

Originally published in the Albuquerque Journal on Dec 24, 2017. The Uniform Law Commission’s (ULC) recommended changes to New Mexico’s guardian and conservator laws continues to position judges and their appointees beyond any accountability for actions taken in guardian and/or conservatorship cases. No financial monitoring of the judges, attorneys and professionals is proposed; the word “audit” is not found once in 150 pages of proposed statutes. Instead, existing laws are re-written, [- more...]

Department of Justice Webinar: Financial Exploitation in the Context of Guardianships and Other Legal Arrangements

September 10, 2017 // 0 Comments

Hosted by Julie Childs, J.D., Elder Justice Initiative, U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, DC and Brenda Uekert, PhD, Director, Center for Elders and the Courts, National Center for State Courts and is a refreshing discussion on the risks of guardianship as Brenda provides valuable guidance to guard against being drawn into the nation’s probate court system.  Nearly 200 people attended this webinar which lasts about an hour.  Sadly, no effective redress options were offered when [- more...]

Q and A with Dr. Sam Sugar

June 26, 2017 // 0 Comments

Q&A with Dr. Sam Sugar June 26, 2017 Q&A with Dr. Sam Sugar June 26, 2017 What is the current status of the guardianship crisis in the United States? Sad to say, the more we look the more exploitation and corruption we find. In nearly every state there is a well-oiled, unfettered and unchallengeable system in place that routinely utilizes existing laws designed to protect vulnerable people in our society to instead exploit and abuse them. This court based system puts older Americans [- more...]

New Mexico Editorial: State Supreme Court makes right move in guardian system review

March 31, 2017 // 0 Comments

By Albuquerque Journal Editorial Board It’s encouraging to see the New Mexico Supreme Court recognizes the need to review the state’s troubled system designed to protect individuals deemed by the courts to be “incapacitated” and placed under court-appointed guardianship, conservatorship or both. Chief Justice Charles Daniels says he and the other four justices plan to appoint a commission to undertake a comprehensive study of the issue – including public hearings – that will inform [- more...]

Opinion: It’s all about the money in probate

March 31, 2017 // 0 Comments

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...]