In 2012, a family “friend” filed for plenary guardianship while holding Lillie captive in his home for eight months. She was 83 years old and of sound mind. There was no need for outside intervention, particularly non-family. Yet, her estranged granddaughter joined forces with him and pressed to declare Lillie totally incapacitated. In June 2013, with questionable burden of proof, all of Lillie’s rights were stripped from her except her right to vote and right to choose with whom to socialize. Now Lillie is 88 years old and still being victimized. With no evidence and no due process, the Flagler County Court removed Lillie’s sister (the person Lillie had requested in court testimony) as Successor Trustee and Limited Guardian. The Court appointed its own agents — all paid out of Lillie’s assets. On August 30, 2016, Lillie was “taken” by the court-appointed temporary guardian and Attorney ad Litem, and isolated from her sister and 50+ nieces and nephews. The legitimate family has had no contact with her since. On September 23, 2016, all of Lillie’s rights were stripped from her in a closed hearing. There were no opposing voices or cross-examination of the evaluators allowed. Was that in Lillie’s “best interest”? The court-appointed temporary guardian has full power over Lillie’s “person and property.” Lillie is being treated like a human trafficking victim… a modern-day slave. The guardian has isolated Lillie from her family for 290 days — almost ten months — with no justifiable legal reason. Isolation of a senior is Aggravated Abuse — a felony under Florida Statutes. Who will help free Lillie and hold her abusers accountable?
These videos were filmed the week of July 25, 2016 by her niece, Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy — an award-winning author and internationally-recognized advocate for human potential with a focus on women, health, youth empowerment and now elder justice. The videos demonstrate quite an opposite picture than what has been painted in the court documents. Lillie is not incapacitated and she is very clear on her views. Watch overview video for background.
Questions to Consider:
Does Lillie seem totally incapacitated to you?
Does the family you hear in the background of the video seem to be “agitating” Lillie as the temporary guardian and Attorney ad Litem have claimed, or are they simply enjoying themselves?
Why did the granddaughter press aggressively for five years to declare her grandmother incapacitated? Is that behavior of a loving family member or a financial predator? Why is the Court allowing it?
Is Lillie a woman who should be forced out of her own home and put in an institution simply because that’s what the temporary guardian wants to do?
How can the state of Florida take away Lillie’s constitutional right to vote?
Why is the temporary guardian and granddaughter (with her team of attorneys billing against Lillie’s assets) trying to silence me from sharing Lillie’s voice? Are they afraid the world will see Lillie is NOT totally incapacitated and that this is a fraudulent guardianship?
Being old is not a crime. Yet, Lillie is being treated like a criminal without even a phone call or visits from family. She is in what ABC News called the “Grey Prison” of a fraudulent guardianship. Who will pardon her?
To us, it’s a clear practice of “Liquidate, Isolate, Medicate.” Watch the videos and come to your own conclusion. Then, share your thoughts. Be sure to read the Huffington Post articles, “Is Elder Guardianship a New Form of Human Trafficking?” and “Seniors Stripped Of The Right To Vote: Florida Is A Hotspot.” Also, find out how you can help #FreeLillie. Follow us and retweet @elderdignitynow. If you have specific suggestions, email firstname.lastname@example.org. #SeniorLivesMatter #StopElderAbuse
Contributed by Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy — Harvard Business School-trained strategist, World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, Human Potential Advocate/Coach, and President of Power Living Enterprises, Inc. Her latest award-winning book—co-authored with her mother Columbia University-trained journalist Janie Sykes-Kennedy—is Dancing Light: The Spiritual Side of Being Through the Eyes of a Modern Yoga Master on her teacher/mentor 98-year-old yoga master Tao Porchon-Lynch.