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Florida: Senator Detert renews bid to reform guardianship program

September 17, 2015 // 0 Comments

By Barbara Peters Smith Published: Wednesday, September 9, 2015 at 1:43 p.m. State Sen. Nancy Detert, R-Venice, has started a second effort to reform Florida’s adult guardianship system, and said Wednesday that this legislation will be her top priority for the 2016 session. The new bill seeks to establish what she calls a “complaint department” for Floridians affected by the guardianship system — in a repeat of her original legislation that was stymied by political maneuvers [- more...]

Florida: Response to FL SB 232

September 9, 2015 // 0 Comments

Background:  Florida’s legislature is attempting to pass another guardianship reform bill in 2016, to build upon the success of Florida HB 5 from 2015’s legislative session.  SB 232 is being proposed by Florida State Senator Nancy Detert.  Below are comments from AAAPG Founder Dr. Sam Sugar about what passage of SB 232 might mean for guardianship reform. AAAPG deeply appreciates the Senator Detert’s commitment to addressing aspects of reforming the guardianship statutes so [- more...]

Florida Analysis: Guardianship cases of the last decade in Miami-Dade probate court

July 27, 2015 // 0 Comments

Subject: GD cases from ETG’s Date: 2015-07-24 12:11 From: “Rivera, Evelyn (COC)” To: “Sam Sugar, MD” Good afternoon Dr. Sugar, Attached you will find the report you requested consisting of Guardianship cases that were preceded by an Order assigning an Emergency Temporary Guardian in a Mental Health case. The report includes all Guardianship cases filed during the last ten years. If you need anything further please do hesitate to contact me. Evelyn Rivera Analysis: [- 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...]

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...]

Florida breaking news: court ousts professional guardian; insists pre-need directives have priority

May 20, 2015 // 0 Comments

Palm Beach County guardian case: Will living will be honored? By John Pacenti – Palm Beach Post Staff Writer Posted: 4:22 p.m. Monday, May 18, 2015 Delray Beach — Col. J. Alan Smith no longer can talk or walk. The 83-year-old former Boynton Beach resident is said to be in the throes of Stage 4 dementia. But when he still had his faculties in October 2009, Smith – who worked for 30 years for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers – said he wanted his then-girlfriend, Glenda Martinez-Smith, [- more...]
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