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How one Ward is now free after 4 years and 2 million dollars squandered

November 17, 2016 // 0 Comments

Doug Franks said he would never give up trying to free his beloved mother from a horrific guardianship that isolated and impoverished her. Doug was true to his word and with AAAPG at and on his side, he tirelessly traveled from Atlanta to Tallahassee to testify at countless hearings and sessions of the FLorida Legislature. He had to fight off multiple ruthless lawyers, trustees, guardians, stubborn judges, dishonest caregivers and mercenary banks, but in November Doug beat them all and got his [- more...]

Wall Street Journal: Abuse Plagues System of Legal Guardians for Adults

October 30, 2015 // 0 Comments

By ARIAN CAMPO-FLORES and ASHBY JONES Oct. 30, 2015 1:18 p.m. ET One day in March 2012, 71-year-old Linda McDowell received a knock at the door of her small Vancouver, Wash., home. Ms. McDowell needed court-appointed help, the visitor told her. It turned out that Ms. McDowell’s former housemate and companion had pushed for a court petition claiming Ms. McDowell was unable to take care of herself. The petition said Ms. McDowell had recently made an unsafe driving maneuver, had been disruptive [- more...]

Video: Watch a preview of AAAPG’s documentary “BROKEN–the fallout from Guardianship” on YouTube now

October 15, 2015 // 0 Comments

AAAPG has produced a documentary “BROKEN–the fallout from Guardianship” featuring numerous first-hand stories of abuse from our members and their families. This full length video tells the stories of how abusive guardians destroy estates, families and lives in graphic detail from cases across America. It explains how the system designed to protect the vulnerable has been twisted into a highly lucrative industry that exploits them instead. As a member of AAAPG, we are giving [- more...]

Video – Facing Florida investigates the case of Ernestine Franks

July 4, 2015 // 0 Comments

July 4, 2015 – Facing Florida investigates the case of Ernestine Franks of Pensacola. Mrs. Franks son Doug Franks has been waging a 3+ year battle to free his mother from a for-profit guardianship that was enacted by a Florida probate court in spite of medical testimony that Mrs. Franks was perfectly mentally competent.  The “estate” of Mrs. Franks has paid over $1,000,000 in attorneys’ fees, guardianship fees, and related court costs that were completely unnecessary [- more...]

Florida: Rep Passidomo thanks supporters upon passage of HB 5

June 23, 2015 // 0 Comments

AAAPG congratulates our founder Dr. Sam Sugar, VP of Legislative initiatives Lidya Abramovici, and members Julie London Ferguson and Doug Franks on their historic work, securing passage of HB 5, and its becoming law in Florida on July 1, 2015.  Each of the above-mentioned received a lovely thank-you note from Rep. Kathleen  Passidomo: 20115-06-22 Thank you letter from Rep Passidomo upon passage of HB 5 [- more...]

Texas: new videos added to YouTube channel

May 26, 2015 // 0 Comments

AAAPG’s YouTube channel has two new videos: WGNO-TV reports: Who’s caring for mom? Elder guardianship becoming a big issue. As the American population ages, AARP says more people face the prospect of losing control of their lives to court-appointed guardians or guardianship agencies. WGNO’s Susan Roesgen has the story of a New Orleans man and his brother, fighting to regain the care of their 93-year-old mother. May 22, 2015 Testimony of Texas’ Chief Probate Judge Guy Herman [- more...]

Florida Bar News Recognizes Need for Reform

May 25, 2015 // 0 Comments

 Legislature takes steps to rein in guardians ‘Some predators in this field have created their own cottage industry and are . . . taking advantage of the elderly’ ~ Sen Nancy Detert By Jan Pudlow Senior Editor When an 89-year-old woman’s daughter called the abuse hotline with the magic words, “I think my sister should be guilty of elder abuse,” the system lurched into action. A guardian was appointed to oversee the affairs of the elderly woman, who still lives in her Siesta Key home. [- more...]

Guardianship Victims tell their stories – video

May 8, 2015 // 0 Comments

These stories were recorded on April 14, 2015 in Orlando, Florida as part of AAAPG’s Guardianship Victims Summit and Town Hall meeting where guardianship victims gathered to recount how different probate courts in different states across America had financially-drained their wards while isolating the elderly from their adult children. In this clip Kyle MacNeney describes how a probate court judge and attorneys stripped his mother’s once wealthy estate, leaving her to die [- more...]