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New Mexico: Guardianship Commission reveals changes to be proposed

September 23, 2017 // 0 Comments

From the Albuquerque Journal By Colleen Heild / Journal Investigative Reporter Friday, September 22nd, 2017 at 11:45pm A special commission on Friday unveiled a slate of ambitious proposals to strengthen oversight of the state’s ailing guardian and conservator system, which oversees finances and other major decisions for many of New Mexico’s most vulnerable citizens. The Supreme Court-appointed commission’s recommendations include hiring special court employees to hear grievances and [- more...]

Nevada: Clark County district attorney creates new elder abuse unit

November 6, 2015 // 0 Comments

By Colton Lochhead Las Vegas Review-Journal The Clark County district attorney’s office on Wednesday announced the creation of a new elder abuse unit to prosecute crimes against the aged and vulnerable. Cases involving physical or mental abuse, neglect, isolation and financial exploitation will now be prosecuted by two specialized deputy district attorneys. Those cases had previously been handled by the office’s general prosecutions teams. “The protection of our seniors from [- more...]

Audio: Suing A Nursing Home Could Get Easier Under Proposed Federal Rules

October 19, 2015 // 0 Comments

From NPR, “All Things Considered” 19 October 2015 Suing A Nursing Home Could Get Easier Under Proposed Federal Rules OCTOBER 19, 2015 3:30 PM ET Ina Jaffe 2010 INA JAFFE Proponents of arbitration say the system is more efficient than going to court for both sides, but arbitration can be costly, too. And a 2009 study showed the typical awards in nursing [- more...]

New York: Artist Peter Max can go home with his wife, judge rules

October 9, 2015 // 0 Comments

Pop Artist Peter Max was freed Wednesday after being allegedly held against his will at a secret location for the last month by his son and a court-appointed guardian. Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Carol Edmead ordered the 77-year-old be produced in court after an emergency application by his wife, Mary Max, charged that he was being kept in “illegal, unwanted and forced isolation from his wife and longtime friends.” The jubilant pair shared a tender kiss outside their Upper West Side [- more...]

Florida: Zelman v. Zelman empowers relatives with full Interested Persons’ rights

September 9, 2015 // 0 Comments

Zelman v. Zelman, is new case law in Florida that will make it extremely difficult for any guardianship to argue against empowering relatives/loved ones with FULL Interested Person rights.  The 2006 Florida Supreme Court case of Hayes v. Guardianship of Thompson ruled much the same, but was written in a somewhat unclear and confusing manner that it has allowed guardianship lawyers to escape its true meaning. Zelman v. Zelman, Fourth District Court of Appeals, September 2015 [- more...]

Nevada: Elyse Tyrell, Jared Shafer’s lawyer, facing State Bar of Nevada complaint from family of exploited elder

August 24, 2015 // 0 Comments

INSIDE VEGAS by Steve Miller  August 24, 2015 LAS VEGAS – I had no intention of bringing anyone to tears. A dozen people, including myself (Las Vegas Review-Journal photo of the back of my head), testified on Monday, August 17 before the Nevada Supreme Court Guardianship Commission empowered to investigate hundreds of cases of elder exploitation. To the dismay of at least two Commissioners, the hearing was covered by national media. The witnesses told of more than [- more...]
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