Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Florida: Finish reform of guardianship law

October 28, 2015 // 0 Comments

From Lake and Sumter Counties in Florida: Finish the Job Linda Bous lost her husband in January 2014. She lost her freedom in April 2014, when a state-appointed guardian took control of her finances and had the 66-year-old Sarasota woman placed in a locked facility for dementia patients. The hearing to have her declared a ward of the state was held after she was placed in the facility, and Bous says she was not told she could attend. After months — and a desperate phone call to the newsroom [- more...]

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: Sarasota Herald-Tribune’s ongoing coverage of guardianship abuse

October 8, 2015 // 0 Comments

An excellent summation of guardianship abuse as reported by Barabara Peters Smith of Sarasota’s Herald-Tribune newspaper: I had no rights SATURDAY, DECEMBER 06, 2014 BARBARA PETERS SMITH At the age of 99, Willie Berchau was taken from his home and put in a locked facility. READ MORE   Railing against injustice, one case at a time SATURDAY, DECEMBER 06, 2014 BARBARA PETERS SMITH READ MORE   Update: Bunny and Clafin Garst SUNDAY, DECEMBER 07, 2014 BARBARA PETERS SMITH READ MORE [- more...]

Florida’s 12th Judicial District creates overseer for guardianship

June 25, 2015 // 0 Comments

From the front page of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune: Abuses of the elder guardianship system documented in recent Herald-Tribune articles are prompting local court officials to consider creating a new oversight position. Walt Smith, the court administrator for Florida’s 12th Judicial Circuit covering Sarasota, Manatee and Desoto counties, and incoming chief Judge Charles Williams proposed a plan Wednesday to hire a monitor who would investigate complaints about guardians. The two officials [- more...]

Florida 2015 Legislative Fact Sheet

May 26, 2015 // 0 Comments

From the Sarasota Herald-Tribune: Facts 2015 LEGISLATION A look at bills affecting older Floridians. SIGNED BY GOVERNOR State ombudsman program: SB 7018 restructures the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program and conforms that program to requirements in the federal Older Americans Act; establishes state districts for the program and requires public district meetings “at least quarterly.” ON HIS DESK Guardianship proceedings: HB5 gives clerks of court authority to refer cases of wrongdoing [- more...]