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Articles by Sam Sugar, MD

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...]

Guardianship as a form of Terrorism

December 8, 2019 // 4 Comments

  I recently had the opportunity to attend a security seminar. As I listened to the security expert describe the intricacies of how we should prepare ourselves for the possibility of an attack on our community, I was struck by how predatory abusive guardianship is really very similar to a terror attack on families and individuals. I began to think on how we might be better prepared to prevent and/or react to such an attack ourselves either now or in the future if we could apply the same [- 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...]

AAAPG Announces Valor Award Winner

November 20, 2019 // 0 Comments

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – November 20, 2019          MEDIA CONTACT: The Arters Group (602) 677-3533   FIRST RECIPIENT OF “IDELLE STERN AWARD OF VALOR” named by AMERICANS AGAINST ABUSIVE PROBATE GUARDIANSHIP (AAAPG)   Dr. Sam Sugar, Founder and CEO of Americans Against Abusive Probate Guardianship (AAAPG), has announced the first recipient of the “Idelle Stern Award of Valor” is Roger Hillygus, of Dayton, Nevada.   In selecting the recipient, Dr. Sugar cited [- more...]

Please Governor De Santis

November 20, 2019 // 2 Comments

An open letter to Governor Ron De Santis Can guardianship abuse be fixed in Florida  ? One of the goals of our organization from its inception was to bring public attention to the abuses so commonly seen in Guardianship and in particular in professional guardianships. The idea was that if enough people became educated and concerned that ultimately there would be political and governmental action to address the issue. That has begun to happen. Recently Governor Ron DeSantis of Florida proposed [- more...]

Contrasting systems

November 19, 2019 // 0 Comments

Broken systems One of the reasons that guardianship presents such a challenge to families who oppose it is the rapidity with which it is imposed on unsuspecting seniors and families as well as younger adults with disabilities. A plenary guardianship can strip a person of all their rights and money within a day or two of the initiation of the secret proceedings which lead to emergency temporary guardianships. Those proceedings can be initiated by almost anyone with or without proper [- more...]

Apex Predator Arrested in Pinellas County Florida

November 15, 2019 // 1 Comment

The arrest of Traci Hudson Samuels. While the scandal of Rebecca Fierle smolders in Orange county and others, today’s arrest of another apex predator in the Florida guardianship mob, puts the president of the Pinellas County guardianship Association  behind bars. We can only hope that this latest Florida guardianship scandal (with many more to come) will finally convince law enforcement authorities throughout the state of Florida and in every other state that they have been asleep at [- more...]

Judge ordered Isolation–a travesty

November 10, 2019 // 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 essay from “J”–Pro Bono? Not really.

November 6, 2019 // 5 Comments

  Pro bono? Not really. In the wake of the Rebecca Fierle scandal, the guardianship industry has begun a campaign to rehabilitate its image.  That campaign has included the popular guardianship cliches about “free care” and “pro bono cases.” But what does the guardianship industry really mean by “free” and “pro bono”?  It turns out that in guardianship lingo, “free” and “pro bono” refer to discounted, not uncompensated, services.   The industry’s own [- more...]
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