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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...]

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: The Judge’s wife, a frequent court-appointed guardian

January 14, 2016

 A Note from Dr. Sam Sugar, founder, AAAPG:  This is the tip of the iceberg. The guardians hire the most expensive lawyers with the most intimate knowledge of  every quirk in the law to represent them (at the ward’s expense of course) because without the lawyers having their back, the guardians would not have the “chutzpah” to attempt of this sort of malfeasance–even if your husband is a probate judge and the judge who hands you all your cases is his buddy and your [- more...]

Florida: Chief judge presided over guardian’s divorce while judges take vacations together, Part 5

January 14, 2016

The fifth 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 Read Judge, wife benefit from frail seniors’ money, Part 1, here. Read Judge’s history of debt: Foreclosures, IRS liens, Part 2, here. Read Judge appears to routinely violate Florida Judicial Code of Conduct , Part 3, here. Read Attorney – ‘Courts have allowed this culture’, Part 4, here. Colin [- more...]

Florida: Judge, wife benefit from frail seniors’ money, Part 1

January 14, 2016

The first 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 The savings of incapacitated seniors flow into the household of Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Martin Colin. This occurs courtesy of Colin’s wife — Elizabeth “Betsy” Savitt. She serves as a professional guardian, appointed by judges to make decisions for adults who no longer can take care of themselves. Savitt [- 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...]