Guardianship News:


American Against Abusive Probate Guardianship (AAAPG), was founded in South Florida in 2013 by Dr. Sam J Sugar.  AAAPG has been in the national forefront of focusing attention to the plight of victims of Guardianship Abuse ever since.

Our Mission Is…
To reduce or eliminate the incidence of Guardianship abuse in the USA
To assist those struggling with this abuse currently and share preventive strategies to prevent new cases
To raise public awareness about widespread abuses in state guardianship systems throughout the United States.

Our Vision Is

A country where civil rights of the vulnerable are safeguarded, government protections are legitimate and enforced, families are protected, and abuses in guardianship are a thing of the past.

Our Core Values Are


We are a coalition of families, victims, advocates, experts and supporters.


We work with a spirit of collaboration and active participation across a spectrum of collaborators.


We turn our values into action through public discourse, research, learning, innovation and outreach.


We are committed to bringing reform for the benefit and protection of people at risk of losing their lives, assets and families to predatory state sanctioned guardianships.

Our Customer Values Are


Victims as well as potential victims and their families need direct assistance and active support aimed at helping them gain access to the interventions they need to effectively deal with the challenges of predatory guardianship.

Coordination of Services

All services and support necessary for an individual to achieve his or her desired outcomes are provided in a manner that is person-centered, integrated and coordinated.


Victims, potential victims and their families have access to traininginformation and support, as well as the opportunities necessary to develop the skills they need to advocate effectively for themselves.

Social Acceptance of Persons under Guardianship

Persons under guardianship are deserving of their civil liberties and must be afforded their legitimate rights in all aspects of community life and social interactions.

Service Availability, Access and Choice

Victims, potential victims and their families must have access to the supports necessary for them to achieve their desired outcomes and have a choice in the services and supports they use.

Personal/Professional Relationships

People providing services and supports are caring and respectful of Victims, potential victims and their families, they understand their needs, and they act as true partners in helping people achieve their desired outcomes.

Dr. Sam J Sugar, MD- Founder-President

Sam J Sugar M.D. is a board-certified specialist in internal medicine residing with his wife Judy in Hollywood,Florida. They are the proud grandparents of 11 beautiful grandchildren. A  1972 graduate of the University of Illinois College of Medicine and a faculty member at both Rush Medical School and  Northwestern University Feinberg School Medicine in Chicago, Dr. Sugar is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians.

Dr. Sugar founded AAAPG in 2013 as a result of his personal experiences in the probate process in Miami-Dade probate court. Dr. Sugar has been extensively published and quoted in the media in regards to his activism against probate guardianship elder abuse and has been instrumental in the development and passage of guardianship reform laws in in Florida. He is a frequent lecturer and contributor to social media on the subject of abusive guardianship.

Dr. Sugar can be reached at 855 913 5337 x101


Kelley Smoot Garrett- Executive VP and CIO

Texas resident Kelley Smoot Garrett started working with AAAPG after attending our first NAtional Day of Protest in Orlando Florida in 2015. Her mother;s estate fell victim to an unscrupulous guardian in New Mexico and her keen analytical abilities revealed corruption at the highest levels of the New Mexico judicial system including the looting of IOLTA accounts.

Kelley runs AAAPG-NM and reports regularly on the status of abused wards there. She graciously takes time to direct our IT efforts and is responsible for our website and internet presence.

she lives with husband Danny Garrett in Texas.

Kelley can be reached at 855 913 5337 x103



AAAPG is legal registered “fictitious name”doing business as branch of SJS Medfund a Federally approved  Florida 501c3 charitable non profit corporation. Donations are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law.

Our Articles of Incorporation and specific Purpose can be found at

AAAPG Fictitious Name Documentation can be found at

Florida Corporate Non Profit Registration can be found  at

Latest Annual Report can be found at

Registration as a Florida Charity to solicit donations can be found at