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Florida: Senator Detert renews bid to reform guardianship program

September 17, 2015 // 0 Comments

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...]

Video – Facing Florida investigates the case of Ernestine Franks

July 4, 2015 // 0 Comments

July 4, 2015 – Facing Florida investigates the case of Ernestine Franks of Pensacola. Mrs. Franks son Doug Franks has been waging a 3+ year battle to free his mother from a for-profit guardianship that was enacted by a Florida probate court in spite of medical testimony that Mrs. Franks was perfectly mentally competent.  The “estate” of Mrs. Franks has paid over $1,000,000 in attorneys’ fees, guardianship fees, and related court costs that were completely unnecessary [- more...]

Florida: Herald-Tribune Editorial – County should fund Guardian’s Monitor

July 1, 2015 // 0 Comments

From Sarasota’s Herald-Tribune Editorial – County should fund Guardian’s Monitor.  “Monitor would be the eyes and ears of the court.” Florida’s adult-guardianship system will be improved by the Legislature’s passage of House Bill 5. That law, filed by Rep. Kathleen Passidomo — a Republican from Naples — and signed by Gov. Rick Scott, will help protect incapacitated adults from exploitation or abuse. It tightens guardianship law, clarifies [- more...]

Florida: How does HB 5 change guardianship?

June 14, 2015 // 0 Comments

On June 10, 2015, Florida Gov Rick Scott signed into law Florida Rep. Nancy Passidomo’s HB 5.  Among the changes the new law makes: Emergency Temporary Guardian (ETG) no longer is favored by the court to be appointed Permanent Guardian Family of a Ward must be notified with 24 hours of an ETG hearing ETG can only become permanent by request of the family or the ward Guardians are required to regularly update the court on the wards condition, especially if the change of condition would [- more...]

Florida: In guardianship bill, checks that could have helped others

May 26, 2015 // 0 Comments

From the Sarasota, FL Herald-Tribune: On a Sunday in December, Don Herman looked at the front page of his Herald-Tribune and was carried back to a harrowing time in his life three years before. He remembered the two weeks in 2012 when he and his wife, Kathryn, were held under guardianship by the state of Florida — and he lost her forever. After the publication of “The Kindness of Strangers: Inside Elder Guardianship in Florida,” three bills to reform the system were introduced in this [- more...]

Florida Bar News Recognizes Need for Reform

May 25, 2015 // 0 Comments

 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...]

Palm Beach Post: Bill on professional guardians headed to Gov. Scott

April 30, 2015 // 0 Comments

April 29, 2015 Bill on professional guardians headed to Gov. Scott By John Pacenti It’s been a tough session for court-appointed professional guardians as at least three laws worked their way through the Florida Legislature to rein in practices after stories surfaced of financial abuse of their elderly wards. In the end, only one passed. Sen. Nancy Detert, R-Venice, called professional guardians “cockroaches” in a committee meeting.  Rep. Kathleen Passidomo, R-Naples, called for criminal [- more...]

Tampa Bay Times continuing coverage of Florida Legislature SB5

April 30, 2015 // 0 Comments

April 29, 2015 Tampa Bay Times Florida Senate approves guardianship overhaul TALLAHASSEE — Last year, a coalition of Floridians traveled to Tallahassee to explain how their elderly relatives had been victimized by court-appointed guardians. Lawmakers got the message. The Florida Senate on Tuesday passed legislation changing the way guardians are appointed and explicitly prohibiting the abuse, exploitation or neglect of an elderly ward (HB 5). The bill is now headed to Gov. Rick Scott’s [- more...]