Journalist Diane Dimond

New Mexico: Plaintiff in guardianship case wants the judge to step aside

May 22, 2017 // 0 Comments

By Colleen Heild / Journal Investigative Reporter Monday, May 22nd, 2017 at 12:05am The daughter of a deceased Albuquerque author suing a commercial guardian and conservator firm is questioning the impartiality of the judge in the case, citing in part his appearance in April with representatives of the guardianship industry at an Albuquerque Lawyers Club panel discussion. Attorneys for Leonie Rosenstiel are asking District Judge Alan Malott to recuse himself from presiding over her lawsuit [- more...]

Court-ordered guardianship: “Legalized exploitation of the elderly”

March 25, 2017 // 0 Comments

Where is accountability for guardians’ actions? By Diane Dimond / Crime and Justice In my continuing effort to inform readers about what can happen when a family asks a judge to decide a dispute over what to do with their aging parent — may I call your attention, please, to the state of Nevada? The Sagebrush State spawned a court-appointed guardian to beat all others! Elder care guardian April Parks has now been slapped with a 200-count indictment charging her – along with her business [- more...]

New Mexico: Who’s guarding the guardians? Part 1 of 5

November 27, 2016 // 0 Comments

Editor’s note: Investigative journalist Diane Dimond, whose weekly syndicated column on crime and justice appears in the Journal, is preparing a book on the nation’s elder guardianship system. It’s a system designed to protect the elderly from the unscrupulous. But as Dimond discovered, it can be dominated by a core group of court-appointed, for-profit professionals who are accused of isolating family members and draining the elders’ estates. New Mexico is no exception. This is the [- more...]

New Mexico: Elder guardianship aims to bilk more than help

February 29, 2016 // 0 Comments

This is the latest column from nationally-syndicated columnist Diane Dimond, who was raised in New Mexico, and is shocked to find out what her state has done that amounts to court-ordered predation upon New Mexico’s elderly, sick, and infirm.  From Saturday February 27, 2016, Albuquerque Journal: I wrote about the plight of 94-year-old Betty Winstanley, who resides at the Masonic Village retirement home in Elizabethtown, Pa. She doesn’t want to live there anymore. Now that her husband [- more...]

How Guardianship can easily turn to abuse

February 20, 2016 // 0 Comments

From the Albuquerque (NM) Journal, an article about Guardianship abuse –  in Pennsylvania.  We guess the rampant guardianship abuse cases all across New Mexico are simply too hot for the Albuquerque Journal to even report about, showing once again, the incredible power of the Judges in keeping all of their documented crimes and those of their court-appointees under total news black-out.  We welcome the day when the Albuquerque Journal finds it within itself to show the same concern for [- more...]