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The Truth About Custody Battles Involving the Aging

August 31, 2018 // 0 Comments

From The Medium, by NYC-based actress and journalist, as well as AAAPG member, Juliette Fairley. On May 15, 2018, federal judge Lee H. Rosenthal in Houston issued a landmark ruling allowing a wrongful death lawsuit to proceed against the $500,000 public official bond of state probate judge Christine Butts in Harris County. The claim against Judge Butts’ bond was brought to the Southern District federal court of Texas by Sherry Johnston who alleges Judge Butts turned a blind eye to the [- more...]

National: The Truth About Custody Battles Involving the Aging

July 2, 2018 // 0 Comments

On May 15, 2018, federal judge Lee H. Rosenthal in Houston issued a landmark ruling allowing a wrongful death lawsuit to proceed against the $500,000 public official bond of state probate judge Christine Butts in Harris County. The claim against Judge Butts’ bond was brought to the Southern District federal court of Texas by Sherry Johnston who alleges Judge Butts turned a blind eye to the preventable decline of her aging mother Willie Jo Mills while she was a ward of the State of Texas under [- more...]

Florida, Texas, all states – ? Death by guardianship

June 16, 2018 // 0 Comments

The following is written by journalist and AAAPG member Juliette Fairley, in honor of two guardianship victims, Marcia DeZenzo and Doris Davis, the 2nd of whom died on June 5, 2018: On the surface, Marcia DiZenzo had nothing in common with Doris Davis. The 40 something year old DiZenzo hails from Connecticut but lived in Florida while Davis, an octogenarian, was a ride or die Texan. DiZenzo was Italian-American while Davis was African American. DiZenzo was born in August; Davis in November.  [- more...]

Comedy? Guardianship corruption covered by John Oliver in Last Week Tonight

June 4, 2018 // 1 Comment

Most who have been put through the wringer of guardianship will not find this comedy sketch much to laugh about, but John Oliver has helped all of us advocating for guardianship reform achieve a valuable goal: making 7 Million viewers, overnight & primarily under the age of 50, aware of the abuses occurring daily under guardianship in the US. If past episodes of Last Week Tonight are any indication, John Oliver may return to the topic of guardianship and delve into it as a continuing, [- more...]

New Mexico: Guardian hearing delayed after reporters try to attend

October 2, 2017 // 0 Comments

By Olivier Uyttebrouck and Colleen Heild / Journal Staff Writers From the Albuquerque Journal An Albuquerque judge postponed a hearing Monday for a former client of Ayudando Guardians after two Journal reporters tried to attend his guardianship hearing at the client’s invitation. In a related development, the former Ayudando client, Peter Grotte-Higley, said he moved on Friday to a new senior living facility near the University of New Mexico that he called “1,000 percent better” than his [- more...]

New Mexico: Court scrambles to replace Ayudando guardians

July 31, 2017 // 3 Comments

By Colleen Heild / Journal Investigative Reporter State district judges in Albuquerque have identified 176 people, many of them indigent and all of them incapacitated in some way, who relied on Ayudando Guardians for help with everything from living arrangements to ensuring their funds, however meager, were safe. Chief District Judge Nan Nash and Chief Civil Division Judge Shannon Bacon in Bernalillo County said in an interview Friday that the courts are faced with having to quickly find [- more...]

New Mexico: Guardianship firm seized by marshals

July 20, 2017 // 0 Comments

By Colleen Heild / Journal Investigative Reporter Wednesday, July 19th, 2017 at 11:45pm A Final Four basketball junket. Caribbean cruises and other luxury vacations. Purchases at an Albuquerque RV Center and a Mercedes-Benz dealership. The alleged lavish spending by the co-founders of one of the state’s largest nonprofit guardianship firms was financed out of the accounts of their special needs clients, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. And on Wednesday, a multiagency federal task [- more...]

Florida: Guardianship reform thwarted by Judge’s wife

April 9, 2017 // 0 Comments

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...]

New Mexico: What do rapists, pedophiles, thieves, and the court ordered for profit guardian-conservatorship industry have in common?

February 29, 2016 // 0 Comments

From the comments section on Diane Dimond’s article,  Elder guardianship aims to bilk more than help, in the Feb 27, 2016 issue of the Albuquerque Journal, came the best, most succinct description of Judical and Legal abuses known as court-ordered guardianship, from AAAPG member Andreya “Andie” Skupaka.  Please note that while Andie addresses the problem from a New Mexico point-of-view, her words of warning are applicable to ALL 50 States.  Be aware, beware, or be there!  [- more...]

New Mexico: Elder guardianship aims to bilk more than help

February 29, 2016 // 0 Comments

This is the latest column from nationally-syndicated columnist Diane Dimond, who was raised in New Mexico, and is shocked to find out what her state has done that amounts to court-ordered predation upon New Mexico’s elderly, sick, and infirm.  From Saturday February 27, 2016, Albuquerque Journal: I wrote about the plight of 94-year-old Betty Winstanley, who resides at the Masonic Village retirement home in Elizabethtown, Pa. She doesn’t want to live there anymore. Now that her husband [- more...]
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