American Against Abusive Probate Guardianship (AAAPG), was founded in South Florida in 2013 by Dr. Sam J Sugar. AAAPG has been in the national forefront of focusing attention to the plight of victims of Guardianship Abuse ever since.
To reduce or eliminate the incidence of Guardianship abuse in the USA
To raise public awareness about widespread abuses in state guardianship systems throughout the United States.
Our Vision Is
A country where civil rights of the vulnerable are safeguarded, government protections are legitimate and enforced, families are protected, and abuses in guardianship are a thing of the past.
Our Core Values Are
We are a coalition of families, victims, advocates, experts and supporters.
We work with a spirit of collaboration and active participation across a spectrum of collaborators.
We are committed to bringing reform for the benefit and protection of people at risk of losing their lives, assets and families to predatory state sanctioned guardianships.
Our Customer Values Are
Victims as well as potential victims and their families need direct assistance and active support aimed at helping them gain access to the interventions they need to effectively deal with the challenges of predatory guardianship.
Coordination of Services
All services and support necessary for an individual to achieve his or her desired outcomes are provided in a manner that is person-centered, integrated and coordinated.
Victims, potential victims and their families have access to training, information and support, as well as the opportunities necessary to develop the skills they need to advocate effectively for themselves.
Social Acceptance of Persons under Guardianship
Persons under guardianship are deserving of their civil liberties and must be afforded their legitimate rights in all aspects of community life and social interactions.
Service Availability, Access and Choice
Victims, potential victims and their families must have access to the supports necessary for them to achieve their desired outcomes and have a choice in the services and supports they use.
People providing services and supports are caring and respectful of Victims, potential victims and their families, they understand their needs, and they act as true partners in helping people achieve their desired outcomes.
Dr. Sam J Sugar, MD- Founder-President
Sam J Sugar M.D. is a board-certified specialist in internal medicine residing with his wife Judy in Hollywood,Florida. They are the proud grandparents of 11 beautiful grandchildren. A 1972 graduate of the University of Illinois College of Medicine and a faculty member at both Rush Medical School and Northwestern University Feinberg School Medicine in Chicago, Dr. Sugar is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians.
Dr. Sugar founded AAAPG in 2013 as a result of his personal experiences in the probate process in Miami-Dade probate court. Dr. Sugar has been extensively published and quoted in the media in regards to his activism against probate guardianship elder abuse and has been instrumental in the development and passage of guardianship reform laws in in Florida. He is a frequent lecturer and contributor to social media on the subject of abusive guardianship.
Dr. Sugar can be reached at 855 913 5337 x101
Kelley Smoot Garrett- Executive VP and CIO
Texas resident Kelley Smoot Garrett started working with AAAPG after attending our first NAtional Day of Protest in Orlando Florida in 2015. Her mother;s estate fell victim to an unscrupulous guardian in New Mexico and her keen analytical abilities revealed corruption at the highest levels of the New Mexico judicial system including the looting of IOLTA accounts.
Kelley runs AAAPG-NM and reports regularly on the status of abused wards there. She graciously takes time to direct our IT efforts and is responsible for our website and internet presence.
she lives with husband Danny Garrett in Texas.
Kelley can be reached at 855 913 5337 x103
Laura Bedrossian- Social Media Director
Laura joined AAAPG in 2017 after reading a New Yorker article that detailed the abuses in Las Vegas by an abusive guardian there. With an extensive background in media she is responsible for spreading the AAAPG message to the public via all forms of media.
Laura lives in Astoria, New York.
Laura can be reached at 855 913 5337 x 109
SJS Medfund dba AAAPG is a Florida 501c3 non profit corporation. Donations are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law.