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A Preview of Dr. Sugar’s next book–Equity Killing America

October 11, 2018 // 0 Comments

  INTRODUCTION Justice John Molloy who served on the Arizona Superior Court bench in his book  THE FRATERNITY, LAWYERS AND JUDGES IN COLLUSION writes: “The once honorable profession of law now fully functions as a bottom-line business, driven by greed and the pursuit of power and wealth, even shaping the laws of the United States outside the elected Congress and state legislatures.”   At the center of fervent complaints about equity abuses sits the legal fraternity—lawyers and [- more...]

Florida Guardian Performance Bond Scam

September 14, 2018 // 3 Comments

VIEWPOINT September 13, 2018 Another way Unsupervised Probate Courts Shortchange Families   The Palm Beach Post has taken a leadership position in exposing the serious systemic problems in probate guardianships in Palm Beach County courts. While the focus has been on the ongoing investigations of the alleged multiple abuses of one particular Guardian, Betsy Savitt, and her husband former judge Martin Colin, their alleged longstanding exploitation of the system is hardly unique, is widely [- more...]

The Truth About Custody Battles Involving the Aging

August 31, 2018 // 0 Comments

From The Medium, by NYC-based actress and journalist, as well as AAAPG member, Juliette Fairley. On May 15, 2018, federal judge Lee H. Rosenthal in Houston issued a landmark ruling allowing a wrongful death lawsuit to proceed against the $500,000 public official bond of state probate judge Christine Butts in Harris County. The claim against Judge Butts’ bond was brought to the Southern District federal court of Texas by Sherry Johnston who alleges Judge Butts turned a blind eye to the [- more...]

Another Celebrity about to be Guardianized

August 29, 2018 // 1 Comment

Comedian Tim Conway suffering from dementia; family feuds in court over care Tim Conway, who made viewers and castmates on “The Carol Burnett Show” weep with laughter over his deadpan comic style, is suffering from dementia at age 84 and is “almost entirely unresponsive,” according to legal documents filed Friday in Los Angeles by his daughter, according to Roger Neal, Conway’s publicist. People and The Blast were first to obtain the documents, which show that [- more...]

An analysis of Buzz Aldrin’s guardianship

August 17, 2018 // 4 Comments

  Lessons From Buzz Aldrin Guardianship: Twin Filings Put Focus on Abuse In his Elder Law column, Daniel G. Fish writes: Buzz Aldrin was the second person to set foot on the moon’s surface and only 12 people have set foot there. But now he is one of an estimated one and a half million adults who are the subject of guardianship proceedings in the United States. By Daniel G. Fish | August 16, 2018 at 11:51 AM Buzz Aldrin on the Moon Buzz Aldrin was the second person to set foot on the [- more...]

New Mexico: Victims of Desert State still waiting for restitution, more than one year after Donisthorpe’s guilty plea

August 12, 2018 // 1 Comment

By Colleen Heild / Journal Investigative Reporter Saturday, August 11th, 2018 at 11:30pm A woman known in court records as “J.W.” died destitute this year. But she had once been a co-beneficiary of a $600,000 trust at the now-defunct and disgraced Desert State Life Management company of Albuquerque. Her money, along with savings and trust accounts of more than 70 other vulnerable people who were clients of Desert State, were part of the estimated $4.8 million embezzled by company CEO Paul [- more...]

New Mexico: New legislation gives regulators more power – but will they exercise it?

August 12, 2018 // 1 Comment

New Mexico financial regulators learned their lesson the hard way after discovering in early 2017 that millions of dollars had been embezzled from clients at the small nonprofit Desert State Life Management. The state Financial Institutions Division of the state’s Regulation and Licensing Department headed to the Roundhouse in Santa Fe this year to seek new laws to help prevent another such criminal scheme, which went undetected for years. “Unfortunately, it was a reactive response. But [- more...]

From 2016 UN deliberations: Is Elder Guardianship A New Form Of Human Trafficking?

August 12, 2018 // 0 Comments

As the 71st session of the General Assembly of the United Nations begins this week to discuss international issues that affect the lives of millions throughout the world, the United States needs to step up its commitment to safeguard human rights and promote the rule of law in its own backyard — specifically, escalating abuse in the U.S. Elder Guardianship system. It’s legal, but is it right? Imagine you’ve worked hard all of your life and suddenly you are deemed incapacitated and are [- more...]
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