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The difference between you/us and them

May 19, 2020 // 0 Comments

The difference between you/us and them I spend a lot of time talking to victims of probate abuse from all around the country. My heart goes out to them for the suffering they endure as a result of trying to do what they think is the right thing for an elderly parent. As is so often the case, the people I speak to have been attacked, maligned, excoriated, fined, sanctioned and generally worked over in probate hearings and litigation. By the time they reach out to someone like me, they have been [- more...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

Two foot soldiers

September 26, 2019 // 0 Comments

https://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/florida/guardians/os-ne-guarding-the-guardians-sam-sugar-angela-woodhull-20190926-bj6t7hhfanartpwztkdizd3qrm-story.html An article of interest to those in this battle [- more...]

Why is guardianship abuse so repulsive?

September 20, 2019 // 10 Comments

  What is it about abusive guardianship that makes it so repulsive? Over the years we have documented and revealed how predators in probate equity courts across the country have taken advantage of the laws that are designed to protect the most vulnerable among us and use them to enrich themselves while committing atrocities against the very people they are sworn to protect. Listening to as many as four or five new stories every day on our hotline makes it difficult to step back and reflect [- more...]

WHY PROBATE COURTS CONSISTENTLY FAIL US–2019

June 13, 2019 // 9 Comments

WHY PROBATE COURTS CONSISTENTLY FAIL US For years I have written about the shortcomings in our equity legal system particularly in probate guardianship. Having just celebrated National Elder Abuse Awareness Week, this is a good time to recall what makes equity probate court and the guardianships it creates such an enormous disappointment and in far too many cases a blatant fraud. The political system and money Equity judges generally are elected by the public who knows essentially nothing about [- more...]

Legal Points to ponder

April 19, 2019 // 0 Comments

In speaking to the countless numbers of people across the country who call our hotline to look for help to be rescued from the abuses of guardianships, one question keeps coming up over and over again—” isn’t there anything I can do legally to stop this insanity?” Sadly, the typical response to this question is to hire one lawyer after another who fail in succession despite charging enormous legal fees. The vagaries of equity court, the absence of a jury, the absence of rules of [- more...]
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