SB5

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: Nobody likes Guardianship

June 2, 2015 // 0 Comments

Opinion: Nobody likes Guardianship During my recent appearance on NPR-WLRN in Miami an individual named Steve who claimed to be the past president of the Florida State Guardianship Association called in to comment on the program that was devoted to the recent changes in Florida law as a result of the passage of Senate Bill five, AAAPG’s first major legislation success. He and another caller who claimed to be a guardian as well were bemoaning the fact that legislation is making it harder for [- 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...]

Commentary: Now that SB5 awaits Gov Rick Scott’s signature

April 30, 2015 // 0 Comments

The success of AAAPG in the Florida legislature’s passing of SB5 is that not only that new laws have been passed, but that this heretofore veiled Guardianship industry that affects thousands and thousands of vulnerable individuals and families has been Outed in Florida and is in public discussion. What happens next is anybody’s guess but what we hope is that our efforts and dramatically increased public awareness will induce the stakeholders in this industry  to pay attention to [- more...]

Palm Beach Post: Bill on professional guardians headed to Gov. Scott

April 30, 2015 // 0 Comments

April 29, 2015 Bill on professional guardians headed to Gov. Scott By John Pacenti It’s been a tough session for court-appointed professional guardians as at least three laws worked their way through the Florida Legislature to rein in practices after stories surfaced of financial abuse of their elderly wards. In the end, only one passed. Sen. Nancy Detert, R-Venice, called professional guardians “cockroaches” in a committee meeting.  Rep. Kathleen Passidomo, R-Naples, called for criminal [- more...]

Tampa Bay Times continuing coverage of Florida Legislature SB5

April 30, 2015 // 0 Comments

April 29, 2015 Tampa Bay Times Florida Senate approves guardianship overhaul TALLAHASSEE — Last year, a coalition of Floridians traveled to Tallahassee to explain how their elderly relatives had been victimized by court-appointed guardians. Lawmakers got the message. The Florida Senate on Tuesday passed legislation changing the way guardians are appointed and explicitly prohibiting the abuse, exploitation or neglect of an elderly ward (HB 5). The bill is now headed to Gov. Rick Scott’s [- more...]

Dr. Sugar’s response to passage of AAAPG Reform Legislation

April 29, 2015 // 0 Comments

The unanimous final vote on our signature legislation HB5 is a momentous event for the citizens of Florida who now will be a little bit less vulnerable to the greed driven system called guardianship. Our organization is deeply grateful to our champions in the legislature who fought so hard for us, including Senator Diaz de la Portilla (Miami), Representative Kathleen Passidomo (Naples) and Senator Nancy Detert (Venice) and their staffs.  Our work will continue as we realize that we must now [- more...]

Breaking News: WUFT-TV Gainsville, FL interviews AAAPG member Teresa Lyles about abusive guardianship

April 29, 2015 // 0 Comments

April 28, 2015  AAAPG member Teresa Tozzo-Lyles is interviewed by WUFT-TV, describing the primary tactics of court-appointed for profit guardianships: Isolate, Medicate, Take The Estate.  Tozzo-Lyles discusses with reporter Richard Gomez about the hoped-for changes in Guardianship, with today’s (April 28, 2015) passage by the Florida Senate of HB5.  This legislation changes the way guardians are appointed and explicitly prohibits the abuse, exploitation or neglect of an elderly ward. [- more...]