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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: Herald-Tribune Editorial – County should fund Guardian’s Monitor

July 1, 2015 // 0 Comments

From Sarasota’s Herald-Tribune Editorial – County should fund Guardian’s Monitor.  “Monitor would be the eyes and ears of the court.” Florida’s adult-guardianship system will be improved by the Legislature’s passage of House Bill 5. That law, filed by Rep. Kathleen Passidomo — a Republican from Naples — and signed by Gov. Rick Scott, will help protect incapacitated adults from exploitation or abuse. It tightens guardianship law, clarifies [- more...]

Opinion: To Florida Gov Rick Scott – Thank you may not be enough

June 24, 2015 // 0 Comments

Thank you may not be enough Last night Gov. Rick Scott of the great state of Florida did something that no other governor in this country has done to date. He demonstrated his sincere and abiding concern for the welfare of the citizens of the State of Florida. He took a courageous position to override the petty, banal, greedy, illegitimate business as usual attitude of others in elected office who are content to continue to look the other way as innocent victims of Florida’s deep dark [- more...]

Video (Spanish): Analisis Bloque 5

June 23, 2015 // 0 Comments

We’ve added a Spanish language analysis of Florida’s historic HB 5, offering basic protections to wards and their families who are currently suffering under court-ordered [- more...]

Florida: Clerk and comptroller of Palm Beach County – “Guardianship laws still weak in state”

June 23, 2015 // 0 Comments

The following Letter to the Editor of the Palm Beach Post was written by Sharon R Bock, Clerk and Comptroller of Palm Beach County, Florida: Guardianship laws still weak in state In 2010, the Palm Beach County Clerk and Comptroller’s Office launched its Guardianship Fraud Program and hotline. Through its Division of Inspector General, more than 2,800 guardianship cases — with assets totaling more than a half-billion dollars — are subject to an extensive audit. To date, this office has [- more...]

Florida: How does HB 5 change guardianship?

June 14, 2015 // 0 Comments

On June 10, 2015, Florida Gov Rick Scott signed into law Florida Rep. Nancy Passidomo’s HB 5.  Among the changes the new law makes: Emergency Temporary Guardian (ETG) no longer is favored by the court to be appointed Permanent Guardian Family of a Ward must be notified with 24 hours of an ETG hearing ETG can only become permanent by request of the family or the ward Guardians are required to regularly update the court on the wards condition, especially if the change of condition would [- more...]

Special Governor’s Signing Ceremony for AAAPG Signature Legislation

June 7, 2015 // 0 Comments

This Wednesday 6-10-15 Florida Governor Rick Scott will hold a special (and rare) signing ceremony for our signature legislation in his office at 4PM. This new law is the most far reaching attempt at Guardianship reform in decades. AAAPG is deeply honored and grateful to our good friends in the legislature who helped us convince the Legislature that Florida has a huge problem with Abusive Guardianship– especially Kathleen Passidomo and Miguel Diaz de la Portilla and Nancy Detert. [- more...]

Florida: In guardianship bill, checks that could have helped others

May 26, 2015 // 0 Comments

From the Sarasota, FL Herald-Tribune: On a Sunday in December, Don Herman looked at the front page of his Herald-Tribune and was carried back to a harrowing time in his life three years before. He remembered the two weeks in 2012 when he and his wife, Kathryn, were held under guardianship by the state of Florida — and he lost her forever. After the publication of “The Kindness of Strangers: Inside Elder Guardianship in Florida,” three bills to reform the system were introduced in this [- more...]
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