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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...]

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...]

Q and A with Dr. Sam Sugar

June 26, 2017 // 0 Comments

Q&A with Dr. Sam Sugar June 26, 2017 Q&A with Dr. Sam Sugar June 26, 2017 What is the current status of the guardianship crisis in the United States? Sad to say, the more we look the more exploitation and corruption we find. In nearly every state there is a well-oiled, unfettered and unchallengeable system in place that routinely utilizes existing laws designed to protect vulnerable people in our society to instead exploit and abuse them. This court based system puts older Americans [- more...]

New Mexico Editorial: State Supreme Court makes right move in guardian system review

March 31, 2017 // 0 Comments

By Albuquerque Journal Editorial Board It’s encouraging to see the New Mexico Supreme Court recognizes the need to review the state’s troubled system designed to protect individuals deemed by the courts to be “incapacitated” and placed under court-appointed guardianship, conservatorship or both. Chief Justice Charles Daniels says he and the other four justices plan to appoint a commission to undertake a comprehensive study of the issue – including public hearings – that will inform [- more...]

Opinion: It’s all about the money in probate

March 31, 2017 // 0 Comments

Who makes money when a judge orders a person – usually an older woman – into professional guardianship? Who makes money when the judge makes the discretionary, and radical, decision to revoke and not honor a ward’s perfectly executed existing legal documents including powers of attorney, trusts, property ownership that were written and signed while the ward still had mental capacity? According to research conducted by Americans Against Abusive Probate Guardianship, 95 percent of the time [- more...]