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Elder Guardianship abuse is so rampant that there are quite a number of articles and documented cases, particularly in Florida. Here are a few:

Guardianship legal battle ends in secrecy (Albuquerque JournalAugust 27, 2017, Colleen Heild)

Jury hits lawyers with $16.4M for doing senior wrong in guardianship (The Palm Beach Post, August 4, 2017, Jack Pacenti)

Guardianship Firm and its Principals Charged with Federal Conspiracy, Fraud, Theft and Money Laundering Offenses (The United States Attorney’s Office District of New Mexico, July 19, 2017)

Fraud Charges Leveled Against New Mexico Guardianships Firm (US News & World Report, July 19, 2017, Susan Montoya Bryan)

CONTACT 13: Felony conviction in guardianship case (KTNV, April 11, 2017)

Attorney for judge’s wife tried to change new rules for guardians (The Palm Beach Post, April 8, 2017, Jack Pacenti)

Grand Jury Indicts Four People at the Center of Private Guardianship Abuse Investigation (The Vegas Voice, April 8, 2017, Steve Miller)

The Extent of Abuse by Guardians is Unknown, but Some Measures Exist to Help Protect Older Adults (U.S. Government Accountability Office, November 30, 2016)

Seniors Stripped Of Their Right To Vote; Florida Is A Hotspot (The Huffington Post, November 7, 2016, Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy)

Is Elder Guardianship A New Form Of Human Trafficking? (The Huffington Post, September 13, 2016, Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy)

Rise In Court Guardianships Raising Abuse Concerns (InsuranceNetNews, July 27, 2016, Juliette Fairley)

New Program to Root Out Fraud in Florida’s Guardianship System (NBC Miami 6, July 22, 2016, Mc Nelly Torres and Tony Pipitone)

Professional guardian under investigation by Attorney General for allegedly exploiting seniors (ABC Action News, July 7, 2016, Adam Wasler)

Guardianship in the U.S.: Protection or Exploitation? (NextAvenue, May 23, 2016, Emily Gurnon)

Rule-making session held regarding guardians (News4JAX, April 20, 2016, Mike Vasilinda)

Seniors could get protection from guardian wrongdoing (Panama City News Herald, February 24, 2016, Margie Menzel)

Florida guardianship reform passes; seniors protest at courthouse (Palm Beach Post, February 24, 2016, John Pacenti)

Solution to guardianship crisis? Advocates say cap fees (Palm Beach Post, January 23, 2016, John Pacenti)

The Grey Prison: Contact ABC13 Investigates with Darcy Spears (National Association to STOP Guardian Abuse, January 17, 2016, Darcy Spears)

Lawmakers Seek To Shield Seniors From Shady Guardians (Health News Florida, October 12, 2016, Margie Menzel)

Abuse Plagues System of Legal Guardians for Adults (The Wall Street Journal, October 30, 2015, Arian Campo-Flores and Ashby Jones)

2015 legislative news: Florida overhauls its elder guardianship system (Probate and Trust Litigation Blog, Juan C. Antúnez, September 21, 2015)

Guardianship Gulag: Elder Abuse Falsely Confines Woman (The PPJ Gazette, May 10, 2015, Gerald Boland)

Florida Takes Aim At Professional Guardians (InsuranceNewsNet, April 6, 2015, John Pacenti)

Guardianship horror stories may lead to change (Miami Herald, March 22, 2015, Carli Teproff and Kathleen McGrory)

Fighting Against Elder Abuse and Exploitation (AARP, March 4, 2015)

Financial Abuse By Profiteering Guardians Awaits Aging Boomers And Heirs (MainStreet, September 23, 2014, Juliette Fairley)

9 Investigates central Florida legal guardians (July 25, 2013)

How judges, probate attorneys, and guardianship orgs abuse the vulnerable (San Antonio Current, September 4, 2012, Michael Barajas)

Judges, lawyers use guardianships to prey to elderly (Washington Examiner, November 1, 2011, Barbara Hollingsworth)

How A Fraudulent Guardianship/Conservatorship Commences And Continues (PPJJ Gazette, January 24, 2011, Angela V. Woodhull, Ph.D.)

We must stem the rising tide to prevent a the feeding frenzy on seniors through a legal yet corrupt system. Who are we as a nation to victimize our seniors? It’s time to reform the Elder Guardianship system in the US and give elders the respect they deserve instead of stripping them of their rights and pillaging their hard-earned money. If we’re lucky, we will all get old. Let’s create a society where we can age with grace and dignity. Be sure to read the Huffington Post article, “Is Elder Guardianship a New Form of Human Trafficking?

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