Guardianship News:

What do you think?

A reality check

We live in a very complicated world and some would say a very cruel world. The pace of life has drastically accelerated. We are no longer nice or even civil to each other. We are witness to all kinds of aggressions. We are assaulted daily with more information that we can possibly process. Foundational aspects of our way of life have come under fire. Our safety is threatened seemingly at every turn. Our politicians have disgraced themselves endlessly. Our sources of news and information had been compromised and sullied. Those who have traditionally stood up for us and our rights are often revealed as the greatest threat to those very rights. Police are under fire constantly. Every minority believes they have been woefully wronged and deserve redress and compensation from the rest of us. Our currency, living standard, savings, family structure, community, religious practices, beliefs, businesses, our sanity and mental well-being and even our physical well-being seem to be under relentless attack from all sides.

Our 2017 survey continues to reveal the legal assault on our most vulnerable in probate courts.

The next generation in many cases has rejected our way of life, our morals, and our sensibilities and instead adheres to a very different ethos that my generation finds very troubling.

In my seven decades on this planet I have never seen anything like it.

And no one seems to know what to do about it.

The officeholders, elected officials, leaders, clergy, educators and others we have depended on to find solutions to society’s problems have now become those problems. It’s part of the reason that many of us feel so betrayed by the established government and media elite.

Nowhere is that betrayal more palpable and excruciating for me than the betrayal foisted upon innocent individuals and families in probate and other “equity” courts across the country. If you are reading this article you must be aware that I have been a vocal critic of the rampant criminality that takes place in probate courts in America. While it’s true that these cases in hotspots across America represent less than 10% of all probate cases, that is still hundreds of thousands of individuals every year who are worked over by a transparently criminal racket run by judges and other court insiders in the state courts in hundreds of US counties. So profitable is this racket, so distributed are those who profit from it and so powerful its perpetrators that even the most optimistic of us thinks that relief can only come by “blowing up” the system—an impossible task today. Tinkering around the edges of existing statutes is a frustrating waste of time.

For years, I and others have struggled to find a way to change this sad reality—to no avail. To be sure there have been some triumphs, some indictments, some exposes, some laws changed, a new Federal law, and maybe a few guardianships averted and rarely, a ward (relieved of their assets) released back to life. But injured victims’ become advocates seem to be unable to unite or even agree on a common understanding of purpose for their various organizations. Unity is what is needed, but that has proven elusive at best.

I remain hopeful (a little) that with enough exposure that a tipping point will be reached at which time Americans will stand up and say “enough” and convince Law Enforcement to recognize that these cases are not civil, but that they are 100% criminal cases of abuse and exploitation.

Judges and  only Judges are to blame for every aspect of these travesties, from the first step of accepting flagrant lawyer lies without documentation or proof of abuse or any other wrongdoing to the mad rush to plenary guardianship, to the disposal of inconvenient advance directives, to the utter failure to monitor the guardians they appoint, the overmedication they allow, the isolation they approve and the vast amounts of money that changes direction from inheritors to the pockets of the court insiders. A minority of bad Judges are the problem. But with unassailable immunity and a total lack oversight, monitoring or discipline, what incentives are there for these bad Judges to change? That dear reader, is the nub of it!

What do you suggest?


4 Comments on What do you think?

  1. Excellent article. I agree with every single point you said.
    I have often wondered, since these probate judges run for election or re-election, isn’t there some way we can anonymously put their names out there for the public to see what errors, intentional bending of the law to favor their inner circle, and their propensity to put our loved ones into guardianship for profit, even when an individual has previously written legal advance directives, and other horrible things these judges have done?
    Perhaps, then, at least, we can get them out of power.

    • Phyllis, it is critical we rely on evidence and transparently present it. AAAPG can’t be anonymous, and its directors will continue to be visible. Silencing of the victims has gone on far too long. In numbers we will have a better chance of success.

  2. I believe we have the numbers we need to take a stand so we can make a difference. The more people we have to band together against these horrible crimes against our loved ones, the more power we have. Our anger needs to be used as positive energy to make a difference for those who cannot change things for themselves. One problem is that those of us who are still in the midst of this nightmare are struggling daily for justice for our loved one. We have limited time and enery to give.I have thought about organizing a support group of some kind. We are spread out all over the U.S., so it’s hard to organize. We need to agree on our purpose and maybe have a mission statement.

    • Hang in there Mary. Ohio is a mess and we are working to link all the victims together to demand action. You have some very strong and vocal activists/victims/advocates in Stark, Lake, Franklin, and Tuscarawas Counties. With S178 passed into law it is time to elevate the issues federally. Ohio elected and public leadership has abandoned the vulnerable.

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