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AAAPG week of Protest

September 24, 2017

Our week of Protest Against Probate Abuse and Exploitation starts on September 26, 2017 in Palm Beach County Florida.  Program Number 1 AAAPG’s The Truth About Adult Guardianship of the Elderly  Americans Against Abusive Probate Guardianship (AAAPG) will host an informative public educational seminar on Tuesday September 26, 2017 to discuss what every American needs to know about senior guardian proceedings, followed by a Town Hall Meeting in which Palm Beach Officials will respond to [- more...]

Video: Watch a preview of AAAPG’s documentary “BROKEN–the fallout from Guardianship” on YouTube now

October 15, 2015

AAAPG has produced a documentary “BROKEN–the fallout from Guardianship” featuring numerous first-hand stories of abuse from our members and their families. This full length video tells the stories of how abusive guardians destroy estates, families and lives in graphic detail from cases across America. It explains how the system designed to protect the vulnerable has been twisted into a highly lucrative industry that exploits them instead. As a member of AAAPG, we are giving [- more...]

White Paper: Religious Charities in Guardianship

September 23, 2015

Time and again our members complain about the awful treatment their loved ones and families receive from organizations with religious sounding names in the guardianship business. These very big businesses often organize as not-for-profit 501(c) 3 companies and use their connections to religious organizations prominently in their literature, website and educational materials. They are in the business of acquiring and managing guardianship and take wards from any religion. The three most common [- more...]

Debate: Are Florida’s seniors endangered by guardianship?

September 22, 2015

Americans Against Abusive Probate Guardianship and Ethics 4 Healthcare hold professional, open-to-the-public debate on Oct. 19 Clearwater, Fla. (Sept. 18, 2015) – Governor Rick Scott has recognized October as Florida Guardianship Month to distinguish Florida’s professional guardians who are appointed to protect and exercise the legal rights of individuals whose functional limitations prevent them from being able to make their own decisions. However, there is great opposition of [- more...]

Florida: Senator Detert renews bid to reform guardianship program

September 17, 2015

By Barbara Peters Smith Published: Wednesday, September 9, 2015 at 1:43 p.m. State Sen. Nancy Detert, R-Venice, has started a second effort to reform Florida’s adult guardianship system, and said Wednesday that this legislation will be her top priority for the 2016 session. The new bill seeks to establish what she calls a “complaint department” for Floridians affected by the guardianship system — in a repeat of her original legislation that was stymied by political maneuvers [- more...]

Florida: Response to FL SB 232

September 9, 2015

Background:  Florida’s legislature is attempting to pass another guardianship reform bill in 2016, to build upon the success of Florida HB 5 from 2015’s legislative session.  SB 232 is being proposed by Florida State Senator Nancy Detert.  Below are comments from AAAPG Founder Dr. Sam Sugar about what passage of SB 232 might mean for guardianship reform. AAAPG deeply appreciates the Senator Detert’s commitment to addressing aspects of reforming the guardianship statutes so [- more...]

Florida Analysis: Guardianship cases of the last decade in Miami-Dade probate court

July 27, 2015

Subject: GD cases from ETG’s Date: 2015-07-24 12:11 From: “Rivera, Evelyn (COC)” To: “Sam Sugar, MD” Good afternoon Dr. Sugar, Attached you will find the report you requested consisting of Guardianship cases that were preceded by an Order assigning an Emergency Temporary Guardian in a Mental Health case. The report includes all Guardianship cases filed during the last ten years. If you need anything further please do hesitate to contact me. Evelyn Rivera Analysis: [- more...]

Florida: Rep Passidomo thanks supporters upon passage of HB 5

June 23, 2015

AAAPG congratulates our founder Dr. Sam Sugar, VP of Legislative initiatives Lidya Abramovici, and members Julie London Ferguson and Doug Franks on their historic work, securing passage of HB 5, and its becoming law in Florida on July 1, 2015.  Each of the above-mentioned received a lovely thank-you note from Rep. Kathleen  Passidomo: 20115-06-22 Thank you letter from Rep Passidomo upon passage of HB 5 [- more...]

Florida Bar News Recognizes Need for Reform

May 25, 2015

 Legislature takes steps to rein in guardians ‘Some predators in this field have created their own cottage industry and are . . . taking advantage of the elderly’ ~ Sen Nancy Detert By Jan Pudlow Senior Editor When an 89-year-old woman’s daughter called the abuse hotline with the magic words, “I think my sister should be guilty of elder abuse,” the system lurched into action. A guardian was appointed to oversee the affairs of the elderly woman, who still lives in her Siesta Key home. [- more...]

Florida breaking news: court ousts professional guardian; insists pre-need directives have priority

May 20, 2015

Palm Beach County guardian case: Will living will be honored? By John Pacenti – Palm Beach Post Staff Writer Posted: 4:22 p.m. Monday, May 18, 2015 Delray Beach — Col. J. Alan Smith no longer can talk or walk. The 83-year-old former Boynton Beach resident is said to be in the throes of Stage 4 dementia. But when he still had his faculties in October 2009, Smith – who worked for 30 years for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers – said he wanted his then-girlfriend, Glenda Martinez-Smith, [- more...]
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