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August 17, 2018 // 0 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 // 0 Comments

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...]

Will Dr. “Buzz” Aldrin be ruled incapacitated?

August 1, 2018 // 5 Comments

  There are currently 49.2 million Americans aged 65 or older, and this number is expected to grow (referred to by many as the “Silver Tsunami”). Of this population, 1.3 to as many as 3 million (or more) individuals are in guardianships. These guardianships affect successive generations and their proper expectations of inheritance so that the total number of people involved in subject to the consequences of guardianship could be as high as 30 million. And as John Oliver pointed out in [- more...]

OPPG’s first major action in FL

July 17, 2018 // 1 Comment

Court-appointed professional guardian Elizabeth “Betsy” Savitt broke state law in cases involving disabled individuals and seniors citizens, often with the help of her husband — then sitting Circuit Court Judge Martin Colin — according to a blistering complaint by the state’s new guardianship office. The complaint is the first of its kind by the Office of Public and Professional Guardians, which was formed in 2016 by the state Legislature in the wave of criticisms about professional [- more...]

And now the FINRA attack on Seniors

July 9, 2018 // 3 Comments

FINRA rules   Predictably as more and more information becomes available detailing financial abuses against seniors by individuals and institutions, institutional responses to the perceived threats have emerged. As expected, the cures are even worse than the problem.   One such response from FINRA has spawned situations in which the abuses even compounded.   Effective February 5, 2018, members of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) have new account obligations for [- more...]

National: The Truth About Custody Battles Involving the Aging

July 2, 2018 // 0 Comments

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 preventable decline of her aging mother Willie Jo Mills while she was a ward of the State of Texas under [- more...]

Letter from AAAPG founder to US Senators Susan Collins and Bob Casey, Committee on Aging

June 25, 2018 // 1 Comment

The following is a letter from AAAPG founder Dr Sam Sugar to Senators Susan Collins and Bob Casey, respectively the Chairman and Ranking Member of the US Senate Special Committee on Aging TO: Senator Susan Collins, Chairman        Senator Bob Casey, Ranking Member        US Senate Special Committee on Aging Via e-mail June 24, 2018 Honorable Chairman Collins and ranking member Casey It is my privilege to communicate with you as Founder and President of  our national  501(c)(3) [- more...]

New Mexico: Pair plead guilty to fleecing WWII vet of $340,000; receive no jail time

June 24, 2018 // 0 Comments

Problems in the guardianship system in New Mexico continue. I’m referring to the article by Phaedra Haywood (“Pair plead guilty to fleecing WWII vet.” April 27). Obviously; Judge Mary Marlowe Sommer did not believe that 26 criminal counts were serious enough to put the couple in this case in jail. It’s the same twisted logic that allows attorneys and judges in this state to continue to overlook such criminals to hold them accountable. District Attorney Marco Serna stated [- more...]
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