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Ohio: Federal Court Equates Guardianship with Racketeering

February 1, 2020 // 1 Comment

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...]

Ohio: Sterilization judge denied quash in elder guardian racketeering lawsuit

October 2, 2019 // 0 Comments

OHIO – The Honorable Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas Judge  Sherrie Miday denied Lorain County Probate Judge James T. Walther’s motion to quash last week in response to a forlorn husband’s request for  his wife’s adult guardianship records, according to a press release. “The  court hereby orders that an in-camera inspection is to be conducted to determine relevancy to the allegations in this complaint per the request  of the movant,” wrote Judge Miday in her Sept. [- more...]

Ohio: Once in a guardianship, few get out

May 2, 2018 // 1 Comment

We are reprinting this 2014 article from The Columbus Dispatch because, once again, so little has actually changed for the Wards trapped in guardianship since this article’s original publication on May 14, 2014.  We refer readers to previous articles published about Franklin County (Ohio) and abusive guardian and attorney Paul S. Kormanik, and Kormanik’s suicide once he was convicted of guardianship & legal abuses of his over 400 wards and sentenced to jail. A Dispatch analysis [- more...]

Ohio: Convicted guardianship lawyer died of suicide, attorney says

October 6, 2015 // 0 Comments

Paul S. Kormanik, a Columbus lawyer who was convicted of bilking people he was paid to protect, was found dead on Monday morning in his Upper Arlington home. The Franklin County coroner confirmed his death and said that her office is investigating the cause. A Columbus attorney who took over some of Kormanik’s wards said Kormanik died of an apparent suicide. >>Unguarded: A Dispatch seriess Kormanik, 65, was to appear in Franklin County Probate Court on Monday to answer a charge of [- more...]

Ohio opinion: Changes made for guardians

August 5, 2015 // 0 Comments

Aug 2, 2015 Ohio Times-Reporter James F. Contini II: Changes made for guardians Recently, the Ohio Supreme Court adopted amendments to its rules concerning guardianships. The main reason that these changes occurred is due to an exposé done by the Columbus Dispatch concerning various guardianships and numerous problems and concerns involving those guardianships. That article specifically mentioned that thousands of vulnerable Ohio residents are in guardianships which are designed to protect [- more...]