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>Denver Probate Lawyer

March 31, 2008

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Denver probate lawyer Susan Haines has lost her license to practice for taking $70,000 from a client’s estate and then lying under oath about it. The Colorado Supreme Court upheld Haines’ disbarment and ordered her to pay back $65,000.

“Haines by deceit and fraud seized the opportunity to pay herself a large amount of money without her client’s authorization,” the court ruled.

The court said it agreed with a hearing board finding that “Haines engaged in a course of conduct that constituted knowing misappropriation of estate funds and lied under oath in the hearing board’s proceeding.”

Haines was involved as a lawyer or guardian ad litem in several of the cases the Rocky Mountain News wrote about in its 2001 series, The Probate Pit, which examined questionable practices by court-appointed guardians, conservators and lawyers that drain estates of the elderly.

Source: Denver probate lawyer loses license

Gordon Wolfe charged an elderly woman $28,949 for 22 months of service, fees that another court appointee considered excessive, as mentioned in The Probate Pit

Gordon Wolfe is registered with Center for Guardianship Certification

Denver Probate Lawyer

March 31, 2008
Denver probate lawyer Susan Haines has lost her license to practice for taking $70,000 from a client’s estate and then lying under oath about it. The Colorado Supreme Court upheld Haines’ disbarment and ordered her to pay back $65,000.

“Haines by deceit and fraud seized the opportunity to pay herself a large amount of money without her client’s authorization,” the court ruled.

The court said it agreed with a hearing board finding that “Haines engaged in a course of conduct that constituted knowing misappropriation of estate funds and lied under oath in the hearing board’s proceeding.”

Haines was involved as a lawyer or guardian ad litem in several of the cases the Rocky Mountain News wrote about in its 2001 series, The Probate Pit, which examined questionable practices by court-appointed guardians, conservators and lawyers that drain estates of the elderly.

Source: Denver probate lawyer loses license

Gordon Wolfe charged an elderly woman $28,949 for 22 months of service, fees that another court appointee considered excessive, as mentioned in The Probate Pit

Gordon Wolfe is registered with Center for Guardianship Certification

>Florida’s Probate Mill

March 29, 2008

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In 1995, the St. Petersburg Times won a Pulitzer Prize for an editorial investigation called Final Indignities. This powerful four-part series exposed flaws in Florida’s probate system and detailed ways in which estates are mishandled by lawyers and executors.

In 2008, there does not seem to be much, if any improvement in the probate system throughout the United States.

Final Indignities by Jeffrey Good, staff writer:

1. Broken Promises
Floridians should be able to face death trusting the legal system to carry out their last wishes. But we found that, too often, the trust is broken.

2. Broken Trusts
You’ve heard the sales pitch: Living trusts are the best way to escape the “horrors of probate.” Simply sign a trust and, after you die, every dime of your estate will automatically pass to chosen friends, family and charities. Sounds wonderful, doesn’t it? Too bad it’s a lie.

3. Forgotten Victims
After seeing lawyers plunder their inheritances, victims of estate rip-offs suffer again when the legal system leaves them empty-handed.

4. The Road to Reform
An 86-year-old man left a gift for his family, only to have it stolen. A crowd of senior citizens sought guidance on living trusts, only to be hoodwinked. The heirs of looted estates heard promises of repayment, only to be forgotten.

Florida’s Probate Mill

March 29, 2008
In 1995, the St. Petersburg Times won a Pulitzer Prize for an editorial investigation called Final Indignities. This powerful four-part series exposed flaws in Florida’s probate system and detailed ways in which estates are mishandled by lawyers and executors.

In 2008, there does not seem to be much, if any improvement in the probate system throughout the United States.

Final Indignities by Jeffrey Good, staff writer:

1. Broken Promises
Floridians should be able to face death trusting the legal system to carry out their last wishes. But we found that, too often, the trust is broken.

2. Broken Trusts
You’ve heard the sales pitch: Living trusts are the best way to escape the “horrors of probate.” Simply sign a trust and, after you die, every dime of your estate will automatically pass to chosen friends, family and charities. Sounds wonderful, doesn’t it? Too bad it’s a lie.

3. Forgotten Victims
After seeing lawyers plunder their inheritances, victims of estate rip-offs suffer again when the legal system leaves them empty-handed.

4. The Road to Reform
An 86-year-old man left a gift for his family, only to have it stolen. A crowd of senior citizens sought guidance on living trusts, only to be hoodwinked. The heirs of looted estates heard promises of repayment, only to be forgotten.

In Memoriam – Terri Schindler Schiavo

March 28, 2008

The Judicial Murder of Terri Schindler Schiavo

http://www.youtube.com/v/a9oAsuUrN6Q&hl=en

See also:

Statement of Diane Coleman on Terri Schiavo

Terri Schiavo’s mom pleads: ‘Give my child back’

Nov. 10, 1984, set stage for Terri’s death

Targeting the Disabled: Turning Crimes Into Acts of Compassion

In Memoriam – Terri Schindler Schiavo

March 28, 2008

The Judicial Murder of Terri Schindler Schiavo

See also:

Statement of Diane Coleman on Terri Schiavo

Terri Schiavo’s mom pleads: ‘Give my child back’

Nov. 10, 1984, set stage for Terri’s death

Targeting the Disabled: Turning Crimes Into Acts of Compassion

In Memoriam – Terri Schindler Schiavo

March 28, 2008

The Judicial Murder of Terri Schindler Schiavo

See also:

Statement of Diane Coleman on Terri Schiavo

Terri Schiavo’s mom pleads: ‘Give my child back’

Nov. 10, 1984, set stage for Terri’s death

Targeting the Disabled: Turning Crimes Into Acts of Compassion

In Memoriam – Terri Schindler Schiavo

March 28, 2008

The Judicial Murder of Terri Schindler Schiavo

See also:

Statement of Diane Coleman on Terri Schiavo

Terri Schiavo’s mom pleads: ‘Give my child back’

Nov. 10, 1984, set stage for Terri’s death

Today’s Buzzword—Judicial Accountability

Sealed Records Protect the Guilty in Terri Schiavo Case

Special Report: License To Kill

The Dead Man’s Statute And Schiavo

Targeting the Disabled: Turning Crimes Into Acts of Compassion

Husband Held Captive

March 27, 2008
My husband Gary E. Harvey, age 55, suffered a tragic accident leaving him severely brain injured. As his wife and sole advocate, I’m fighting to ensure he gets the best possible care and quality of life. We have been abused and taken advantage of by Chemung County, CCNF, APS, DSS, Attorneys, and Supreme Court.

I pray that Gary has a full recovery. A man who served his country should not be treated this way! No matter what, I want him home where he’ll be loved, safe, and properly cared for.

The County is divorcing me from my husband and holding him prisoner.

All they care about is money. I only count when it comes to keeping health insurance on Gary and paying the bills; an obligation – not a WIFE. We are not rich and don’t want to see our home and all we worked our entire lives for, taken by the county.

While in Chemung County Nursing Facility-CCNF, Gary lost weight, teeth, and suffered black eyes. He laid in bile & feces, had defective feeding tubes left unattended, and received less than adequate oral care. All this with no justifiable reason as to how or why it happened. His tongue is like coarse sandpaper; his bottom lip is half gone due to their lack of compassion and aggressive behavior. During the time I was assisting with his care, he did not have any of these issues. The facility fails to mail or notify me of incident reports regarding accidents where he has received cuts, bruises, etc.

Adult Protective Service-APS restricts visitation to family (only) … which means no friends; so he has only me. I feel harassed by staff when they prevent me from taking him out of his room for a change of scenery. I have also been instructed not to kiss or hug my husband. The list is endless. We lost all spousal rights; and my husband is being treated beneath the dignity of an animal rather than a human being.

My husband is a very strong man, a fighter who would not want me to give up on his recovery; nor have I. He has beaten many obstacles and tragedies in his life and I will never stop fighting to help him beat this one. I feel the more stimulation he has, the better his outcome will be. I am all he has and will do anything for him. I do not treat him as if something is wrong which adds to his confusion. Gary needs love – not mystery and abuse.

Source: NASGA

Husband Held Captive

March 27, 2008
My husband Gary E. Harvey, age 55, suffered a tragic accident leaving him severely brain injured. As his wife and sole advocate, I’m fighting to ensure he gets the best possible care and quality of life. We have been abused and taken advantage of by Chemung County, CCNF, APS, DSS, Attorneys, and Supreme Court.

I pray that Gary has a full recovery. A man who served his country should not be treated this way! No matter what, I want him home where he’ll be loved, safe, and properly cared for.

The County is divorcing me from my husband and holding him prisoner.

All they care about is money. I only count when it comes to keeping health insurance on Gary and paying the bills; an obligation – not a WIFE. We are not rich and don’t want to see our home and all we worked our entire lives for, taken by the county.

While in Chemung County Nursing Facility-CCNF, Gary lost weight, teeth, and suffered black eyes. He laid in bile & feces, had defective feeding tubes left unattended, and received less than adequate oral care. All this with no justifiable reason as to how or why it happened. His tongue is like coarse sandpaper; his bottom lip is half gone due to their lack of compassion and aggressive behavior. During the time I was assisting with his care, he did not have any of these issues. The facility fails to mail or notify me of incident reports regarding accidents where he has received cuts, bruises, etc.

Adult Protective Service-APS restricts visitation to family (only) … which means no friends; so he has only me. I feel harassed by staff when they prevent me from taking him out of his room for a change of scenery. I have also been instructed not to kiss or hug my husband. The list is endless. We lost all spousal rights; and my husband is being treated beneath the dignity of an animal rather than a human being.

My husband is a very strong man, a fighter who would not want me to give up on his recovery; nor have I. He has beaten many obstacles and tragedies in his life and I will never stop fighting to help him beat this one. I feel the more stimulation he has, the better his outcome will be. I am all he has and will do anything for him. I do not treat him as if something is wrong which adds to his confusion. Gary needs love – not mystery and abuse.
Source: ‘The Love of My Life’ being held captive

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