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New infographic and new video

February 17, 2020 // 0 Comments

Please feel free to use this new info graphic (courtesy of the Shapray family and prior work by Kelley Smoot Garrett)) to educate others about how guardianships actually work. https://drive.google.com/file/d/177KEWiXhPqbA3GhCsvaRydfesqQOiz0d/view?usp=sharing   The following video is from our colleagues in Michigan   Comments [- more...]

Judge ordered Isolation–a travesty

February 16, 2020 // 5 Comments

Isolation of family members from loved ones is one of the  greatest illustrations of how judges in Probate Equity courts have miserably failed to do their jobs. I recently had the opportunity to listen to testimony given to a subcommittee of the Florida legislature by unelected officials in charge of Post guardianship imposition of investigations and stewardship over the horribly broken guardianship program in the state of Florida. In their remarks they repeatedly mentioned they were on the [- more...]

An unsolicited letter about Guardianship

February 1, 2020 // 0 Comments

I recently received the following documents. They speak for themselves. they need to be shared widely. Your comments to the authors and to me at drsam@aaapg.net  are welcome.   January 20, 2020   Dr. Sam Sugar M.D. AAAPG Hollywood, FL  33312   Dear Dr. Sugar,   Your book “Guardianships and the Elderly” has truly been a survival guide for us as we have fought for guardianship of our mother for over 2 years.  There has been exceptional Elder Abuse by many trusted [- more...]

Ohio: Federal Court Equates Guardianship with Racketeering

February 1, 2020 // 1 Comment

A trio of federal appellate justices affirmed a lower district court decision to deny a probate officer’s request for an award of attorney fees and declared that court appointed guardianship of the elderly can be used as a racketeering enterprise. The 6th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the Ohio Northern District’s decision involving a physician named Dr. Mehdi Saghafi, 89, and his wife Mrs. Fourough Bakhtiar [Saghafi], 85, who was declared incompetent due to dementia and was placed [- more...]

Florida: New guardianship bills closer to becoming law

January 19, 2020 // 0 Comments

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — New bills in the state legislature aimed at better regulating Florida’s professional guardians are closer to becoming law. The bills had hearings Wednesday in both the House and Senate. The are on track to becoming law. The Price of Protection If passed, the new law would require judges to sign off on do-not-resuscitate orders and would give the state more power to hold problem guardians accountable. It was the death of Steven Stryker while under the care of [- more...]

Daughter names Florida judge in federal lawsuit over elderly father’s guardianship

January 8, 2020 // 0 Comments

(Jan. 8, 2020) A concerned daughter sued a Florida state judge in federal court over civil rights violations and alleged fraud upon the court after her elderly father became a ward of the State under guardianship. The Plaintiff daughter Lesa Martino named the Honorable Hillsborough County Judge Daryl M. Manning in a petition filed in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida. “Martino was not notified of the hearing for summary judgement,” states the Plaintiff Martino in [- more...]

Final thoughts for the year 2019

December 23, 2019 // 5 Comments

Final thoughts for 2019 As another year draws to a close, it’s appropriate to reflect on the events of the year. Most impact in my opinion is the fact that the number of advocates across the country has grown substantially. Regardless of what their inspiration was initially or whom they identified with or what group they chose to affiliate with, thought leaders in states like Michigan, Ohio, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, California, New York, Florida and others have made the effort to create [- more...]

Stopping Nursing Home Abuse

November 27, 2019 // 0 Comments

  https://online.regiscollege.edu/nursing-home-abuse-signs-symptoms-resources-to-help/ An informative article. Much of this abuse happens to Wards who are deposited into senior [- more...]

Pennsylvania: Federal Suit Alleges ‘Targeted Harassment’ By Chester Co. Judge

November 23, 2019 // 0 Comments

The woman’s suit alleges a Chester Co. judge “maliciously incited public hatred” towards her, and is stopping her from seeing her mother. By Justin Heinze, Patch Staff CHESTER COUNTY, PA — A local woman has filed suit in federal court against a Chester County judge whom she claims has “targeted and harassed” her and stopped her from seeing her mother. A petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus, filed by Mary Bush on Sept. 24 in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, [- more...]

Pennsylvania: Federal Judge Denies Plea to Release Mom from Guardianship

November 23, 2019 // 0 Comments

By Juliette Fairley The elder Ms. Bush resides in a care center where the Plaintiff Daughter says she is only allowed one paid visit per month for one hour. “This legal form of kidnapping is happening in communities across the country, in many cases with little or no recourse available.” Ms. Bush has appealed Judge Savage’s decision to dismiss and the case is currently pending before the Third Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in Philadelphia. A federal judge in Pennsylvania has denied a [- more...]
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