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New Florida G Ship Law Signed by Governor

June 22, 2020 // 0 Comments

https://www.mynews13.com/fl/orlando/news/2020/06/19/desantis-signs-florida-guardianship-bill-into-law DeSantis Signs Florida Guardianship Bill Into Law, Expanding Oversight of Program By Greg Angel Florida PUBLISHED 4:02 PM ET Jun. 19, 2020 ORLANDO, Fla. — Added protections for Floridians under guardianship, inspired in part by Spectrum News’s nearly yearlong investigation into Florida’s problem-plagued guardianship program, are now state law.   What You Need To Know Florida [- more...]

Florida’s Apex Probate Predator

May 24, 2020 // 0 Comments

  Rebecca Fierle— Florida’s Apex Probate Predator This is a story which broke in the Florida press in spring 2019 about a woman who became notorious and reviled all over Florida for being the #1 apex predator in Florida’s broken probate court system. But—one has to admit begrudgingly- she was also a true evil genius and an top-level expert at manipulating and maximizing her theft of private assets as well as massive amounts of government money via outright theft, extortion, [- 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...]

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...]

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...]

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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