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Florida: Guardian won’t dole out inheritance unless objection is withdrawn

May 13, 2017

From the Palm Beach Post, by John Pacenti: Professional guardian Elizabeth Savitt has threatened to withhold the last of a family’s inheritance unless an objection to her conduct filed in court is withdrawn. She also said she would decrease the remainder of the inheritance — about $200,000 — if she has to fight the objection in court. Savitt was the court-appointed guardian for Albert Vassallo Sr., who died in November. She has distributed about $400,000 of the inheritance to six [- more...]

Florida: Judge’s wife Elizabeth Savitt under investigation by new state guardianship office

May 13, 2017

From the Palm Beach Post, by John Pacenti Elizabeth Savitt, the former judge’s wife and professional guardian who has been the subject of numerous of complaints from families of incapacitated seniors, is being investigated by the state’s new Office of Public and Professional Guardianship. The agency is the state’s new watchdog for professional guardians and now has the power under rules adopted this legislative session to discipline them. If the investigation turns up wrongdoing, the [- more...]

Florida: Guardianship reform thwarted by Judge’s wife

April 9, 2017

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...]

Florida: Case after case of abuse and criminality in Palm Beach FL from just one “guardian”

December 14, 2016

At least $400,000 is missing from the life savings of an incapacitated senior assigned to professional guardian Elizabeth Savitt — wife of Circuit Judge Martin Colin, the senior’s former lawyers claim in court documents. Savitt received the guardianship appointment just a few months before she paid off a $308,000 foreclosure judgment on a Delray Beach home, days ahead of the auction block. The former attorneys for 86-year-old Frances Berkowitz accuse Savitt of “wasting, embezzlement [- more...]

Florida: More on investigation into Judge Colin’s wife & guardian Betsy Savitt

May 23, 2016

From the Palm Beach Post: Carla Simmonds, a Delray Beach nursing administrator and mother of two, decided two years ago to get in shape by attending a “boot camp workout.” But after a vigorous session in February 2014, Simmonds suffered a life-shattering stroke caused by a leak in her carotid artery that triggered a massive blood clot in her frontal lobe. Doctors were forced to temporarily remove half of the 47-year-old’s skull to contain swelling so her brain did not dislodge from her [- more...]

Florida: Seniors protest at Palm Beach County Courthouse and SB 232 passes unanimously

February 25, 2016

By John Pacenti ­ Palm Beach Post Staff Writer In the wake of numerous reports of abuse of incapacitated seniors by court-appointed professional guardians, the Florida House on Wednesday sent a bill to Gov. Rick Scott that for the first time would exert regulatory authority over a burgeoning industry that some critics dub “elder cleansing.” On the same day, protesters marched outside of the Palm Beach County Courthouse in Delray Beach, calling for judicial reform. The Legislature’s [- more...]

Open Letter to Judge Jeffrey J. Colbath Palm Beach Florida

February 16, 2016

Americans Against Abusive Probate Guardianship New address 5630 Oaktree Ave Hollywood FL 33312 www.aaapg.net drsam@aaapg.net       Honorable Jeffrey J Colbath County Government Office 205 N Dixie Hwy West Palm Beach, FL 33401   Sir:   As you may know the group I founded several years ago, AAAPG.net, has been heavily involved with matters related to systemic abuses in Probate matters in Florida Courts. We are the driving force behind several new Florida reform statutes. [- more...]

Florida: Jan 21, 2016 Palm Beach Post Front page – Judge launches guardian probe

January 21, 2016

One in a series of articles from Florida’s Palm Beach Post, written by John Pacenti, Palm Beach Post Staff Writer, and produced by Kristyn Wellesley and Gurman Bhatia Judge, wife benefit from frail seniors’ money, Part 1. Judge’s history of debt: Foreclosures, IRS liens, Part 2. Judge appears to routinely violate Florida Judicial Code of Conduct , Part 3. Attorney – ‘Courts have allowed this culture’, Part 4. Chief judges presided over guardian’s divorce while judges take [- more...]

Chief Judge Reacts to Expose by AAAPG and Palm Beach Post

January 21, 2016

By John Pacenti – Palm Beach Post Staff Writer The chief judge for Palm Beach County said Wednesday that he is investigating what needs to be done to address concerns brought forth by The Palm Beach Post’s stories on Circuit Judge Martin Colin’s role in adult guardianship. Circuit Judge Jeffrey Colbath said in an email to The Post that he is in fact-finding mode and “is preparing to make appropriate changes to address concerns.” Professional guardian Elizabeth Savitt, married to [- more...]

Florida: Jan 17, 2016 Palm Beach Post front page: Former Florida Chief Justice calls for investigation

January 17, 2016

One in a series of articles from Florida’s Palm Beach Post, written by John Pacenti, Palm Beach Post Staff Writer, and produced by Kristyn Wellesley and Gurman Bhatia Guardianship: A Broken Trust, a series from the Palm Beach Post Judge, wife benefit from frail seniors’ money, Part 1. Judge’s history of debt: Foreclosures, IRS liens, Part 2. Judge appears to routinely violate Florida Judicial Code of Conduct , Part 3. Attorney – ‘Courts have allowed this culture’, Part 4. Chief [- more...]
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