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Ohio: Federal Court Equates Guardianship with Racketeering

February 1, 2020 // 0 Comments

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...]

Michigan: Federal lawsuit challenging Michigan’s guardianship system advances, slowly

April 28, 2019 // 0 Comments

Brad Geller is an attorney in Michigan who filed a federal lawsuit against the state of Michigan challenging the elder guardianship program.  The lawsuit, United States et al v State of Michigan, is a writ of habeus corpus demanding the release of all guardianized citizens in the state of Michigan. So far, the lawsuit has (narrowly) survived a recommendation to dismiss by magistrate judge. Most recently, the Judge signed an order to show cause. You can follow the case by tracking activity on [- more...]

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

June 25, 2018 // 0 Comments

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...]

Federal suit follows Texas Judicial Council Admission of non-compliance by guardians of senior citizens

April 25, 2018 // 0 Comments

 SAN ANTONIO – A Manhattan woman who worked as an actress in an NBC TV pilot directed by Spike Lee and a Macy’s commercial last year has filed a breach of fiduciary duty lawsuit against her San Antonio-based mother over the alleged abuse of and isolation from her legally blind father who is a 22 year veteran of the U.S. Air Force and currently guardianized under a Bexar County court order. According to the lawsuit, filed by plaintiff Juliette Fairley in the Western District federal [- more...]

Texas Judicial Council admits widespread (43%) non-compliance by guardians

April 23, 2018 // 0 Comments

AUSTIN – The Texas Judicial Council recently announced to the House of Representatives last week in Washington, D.C. that 43 percent of adult guardianship cases in the state of Texas are out of compliance with reporting requirements. Adult guardianship cases include the elderly and people with disabilities who have become “wards” of the state. Their assets make up some $4 to $5 billion that pass through county probate courts in Texas, according to TJC data. There are not only breaches [- more...]
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