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Florida: Lawmakers Seek To Shield Seniors From Shady Guardians

October 13, 2015 // 0 Comments

October 9, 2015 10:02 PM from CBS-Miami Local News TALLAHASSEE (NSF) – A Southwest Florida lawmaker is renewing a push to better protect elderly Floridians from unscrupulous guardians who take control of seniors’ assets. The Senate Children, Families and Elder Affairs Committee this week approved a bill (SB 232), filed by Sen. Nancy Detert, R-Venice, that would charge the Department of Elder Affairs with certifying and overseeing professional guardians — and disciplining those who abuse [- more...]

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...]

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...]

Breaking news: Florida Gov Scott vetoes appropriation to Lutheran Services

June 24, 2015 // 0 Comments

Florida Gov. Rick Scott vetoed the $750,000.00 appropriation going to Lutheran Services Florida. Lutheran Services Florida (LSF) is the company holding several Floridians hostage under Guardianship laws, including AAAPG member Julie London Ferguson’s mother, Marise Ferguson. Ferguson states that Gov Scott’s veto “sends a message that Florida is recognizing that the Guardianship system was created to help indigents in need, not our wealthier sector who had their advanced [- 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...]

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...]

Herald-Tribune Politics: One guardianship bill passes; another dies

April 30, 2015 // 0 Comments

April 28, 2015 HT Politics – One guardianship bill passes; another dies Written by Zac Anderson TALLAHASSEE Seniors facing guardianship proceedings are likely to receive more protection after the Senate passed a bill overhauling the system and sent it to Gov. Rick Scott for final approval Tuesday. But another piece of guardian legislation offering further oversight died when the House adjourned without acting on it. The bill heading to Scott’s desk establishes a formal system for [- more...]