A Costly Conservatorship – His Life

My son, Stephen Price, Jr., died at age 19, a victim of a guardianship/conservatorship abuse. A severe brain injury caused by hospital neglect at age 9 seemed to be the worst that could possibly happen, —until a few years later, at a custody hearing between the parents, the San Bernadino County Superior Court System turned Stevie’s life over to private professional parasite (guardian) Melodie Z. Scott and the gang of attorneys she works with.

At this custody hearing, although Stevie’s trust fund ($4mil settlement) was mandated to provide legal representation for him if needed, the court insisted on appointing an attorney of their choosing, who immediately suggested the parents nominate a friend of his as temporary guardian during the custody proceedings. When we declined, this attorney and his friend inundated the court with lies, innuendo, and accusation, apparently justifying the temporary appointment of this guardian (who, it turns out, is also the chief client of said attorney and firm) while we tried to sort out and disprove the lies.

I was able to show that both attorney and guardian had deliberately lied by the time a hearing was held for permanent guardianship; however, this didn’t seem to carry any weight against the exorbitant amounts of my son’s money attorneys and guardian were allowed to put on their case.

For reasons unclear to me, the hearing was held in a neighboring city; Chino, where a traffic court judge’s calendar was cleared so he could hear Stevie’s case. This judge, (who within a year of the hearing was censured for 9 counts of judicial misconduct and then was retired for “psychological reasons”) found that Stevie needed a guardian, even tho he had been thriving physically, financially and psychologically without one.

For the next few years, I battled almost daily with this crew of predatory parasites; going thru 3 attorneys and contacting every justice, news, political and professional entity I could find, to no avail. I was successful in preventing Ms. Scott and crew from placing Stevie in a facility– keeping him at home and remaining his primary caregiver despite their efforts; but I was unable to prevent the decimation of his health care and his finances.

In one arrogant display of power, Ms. Scott got a court order to give Stevie a tracheotomy against the advice, testimony and objections of his parents, nurses and primary doctor of 6 years. Stevie never recovered from the needless tracheotomy and died a year and a half later with no explanation.

Ms. Scott and crew had gone thru well over $2 mil – leaving not even enough to pay his bills. As probate administrator and successor conservator, I was able to confirm my suspicions about the fraud and misuse of his money; Stevie died in debt. Too bad there’s not someone to complain to.

As the LA Times pointed out in the four part editorial, Guardians For Profit , that features Melodie Scott:

Professional conservators wield enormous power over people deemed too infirm to look after themselves. They choose their doctors, control their bank accounts and decide where they will live — even who can visit them.

Probate courts, which appoint conservators, are supposed to monitor their conduct, scrutinize their financial reports and fine or remove those who misuse their authority.

The courts have failed dismally in this vital role.

Melodie Scott is registered with Center For Guardianship Certification

7 Responses to “A Costly Conservatorship – His Life”

  1. Elaine Says:

    Stevie’s exploitation at the hands of Melodie Scott is heart wrenching.

    Melodie Scott “starred” in the benchmark LA Times series exposing conservatorship abuse.

    Yet, today, she’s still in the business of enriching herself while pauperizing her defenseless wards.

    And she probably sleeps soundly.

  2. Paul Says:

    Where is the “protection” in conservatorship?? Who “protected” Stevie’s trust fund or life?

    Melodie Scott belongs in prison.

    Imagine not being able to control your child’s healthcare! We had no control over our Mother’s healthcare once she became a ward.

    2008 in the USA.

  3. sue Says:

    My sincere sympathies to the Price family.

    The Guardianship racket is rotten; it is organized crime and a system based on greed, unethical conduct, criminal activities, lies and fraud.

    In so many cases, the Wards are merely the keys needed to open the vaults for the Guardians and their loop of crooks.

    Wards are not protected; their assets are the grand prizes for those who profit in this racket.

    Personally, I would rather take my chances with the folks who are involved in the mafia.

    It is very clear, that this sociopath, Scott is special. She is protected by those who are in very powerful positions who are also profitting, directly and indirectly from the Wards of the State through the Guardians for profit.

    This is criminal and uncivilized and those who can STOP the blatant abuses are motivated by GREED!

  4. Helen Says:

    What does this Melodie Scott look like? Is she Human?

    Profiteering at the cost of a human’s livelihood. It’s EVIL!

  5. Anonymous Says:

    A traffic judge decided a guardianship? Gimme a break! When he got dumped, the guardianship should have been overturned.

    Why would a judge violate someone’s rights, if not for a kickback?

  6. Helen Says:

    Why do these thieves and murderers never account for their wrongs?

    Society enables these abuses. And the public appears to tolerate it……until it happens to them.

    Does the “protection” of the ward include the complete swift exhaustion of funds and murder?

  7. joecitizen Says:

    Perhaps one day when these exploitive attorneys and guardians grow old and infirm themselves, they will be placed under under abusive guardianships. The sad account of Stevie is remarkable in this day and age.

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