Archive for July, 2008

>The Experts Say…

July 31, 2008

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“If an elderly loved one needs a conservator you need to understand how much they are spending. Be watchful of the costs, access to bank accounts or personal items the conservator might have – so that they are not taking things they should not, or influencing the writing of a Will.”

– Jonathan Fielding, Director of Public Health Los Angeles

Saving Our Parents DVD – 2007 National Mature Media Awards Winner

Source:
Saving Our Parents – Signs of Problems with a Conservator

See also:
Saving Our Parents

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The Experts Say…

July 31, 2008
“If an elderly loved one needs a conservator you need to understand how much they are spending. Be watchful of the costs, access to bank accounts or personal items the conservator might have – so that they are not taking things they should not, or influencing the writing of a Will.”

– Jonathan Fielding, Director of Public Health Los Angeles

Saving Our Parents DVD – 2007 National Mature Media Awards Winner

Source:
Saving Our Parents – Signs of Problems with a Conservator

See also:
Saving Our Parents

The Experts Say…

July 31, 2008
“If an elderly loved one needs a conservator you need to understand how much they are spending. Be watchful of the costs, access to bank accounts or personal items the conservator might have – so that they are not taking things they should not, or influencing the writing of a Will.”

– Jonathan Fielding, Director of Public Health Los Angeles

Saving Our Parents DVD – 2007 National Mature Media Awards Winner

Source:
Saving Our Parents – Signs of Problems with a Conservator

See also:
Saving Our Parents

>Class Action Filed

July 31, 2008

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A class-action lawsuit was filed asking that the Jasper County public administrator be removed as conservator of her 450 to 500 clients or be ordered to refund any fees she has charged them that the court deems excessive.

The lawsuit was brought by the same attorney who won dismissal of criminal charges against a California woman and her husband who had been charged with kidnapping the woman’s Carthage mother while she was a ward of the public administrator. The attorney recently filed a lawsuit against the public administrator, Rita Hunter, over the case.

The attorney, R. Lynn Myers, said that he has studied about 90 of the probate court files of public-administrator cases since he initially took the case of 95-year-old Emma France and her 67-year-old daughter, Dolores Forste.

One of the issues in the lawsuit is an allegation that Hunter was careless in obtaining guardianship and conservatorship, and that she charged the woman about $4,500 for her services.

Full Article and Source:
Class-action lawsuit filed against public administrator

See also:
Former Ward Files Suit

Rita Hunter is a registered with National Guardianship Association

Class Action Filed

July 31, 2008
A class-action lawsuit was filed asking that the Jasper County public administrator be removed as conservator of her 450 to 500 clients or be ordered to refund any fees she has charged them that the court deems excessive.

The lawsuit was brought by the same attorney who won dismissal of criminal charges against a California woman and her husband who had been charged with kidnapping the woman’s Carthage mother while she was a ward of the public administrator. The attorney recently filed a lawsuit against the public administrator, Rita Hunter, over the case.

The attorney, R. Lynn Myers, said that he has studied about 90 of the probate court files of public-administrator cases since he initially took the case of 95-year-old Emma France and her 67-year-old daughter, Dolores Forste.

One of the issues in the lawsuit is an allegation that Hunter was careless in obtaining guardianship and conservatorship, and that she charged the woman about $4,500 for her services.

Full Article and Source:
Class-action lawsuit filed against public administrator

See also:
Former Ward Files Suit

Rita Hunter is a registered with National Guardianship Association

>Who’s Paying the Price?

July 30, 2008

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YOU!

That’s right. You’re picking up the tab – Mr. and Mrs. Taxpayer!

Our grandparents and parents are from a generation of savers; people who worked hard, sacrificed, and saved every possible penny for their golden years – and for their children. While not all wealthy, they have amassed enough funds to see them through their lifetime, with hopes and dreams of travel, spending time with family and friends, or pursuing new interests.

When the guardian/conservator has picked the Ward’s financial bones, the Ward becomes a public charge, on Medicaid, for the remainder of his/her life.

In other words, the guardian and other fiduciaries pauperize the Ward and then leave the Taxpayers holding the bag while those fiduciaries are working with their headhunters to find new victims.

No one knows how many billions of dollars this “welfare racket” for unethical guardians and other fiduciaries costs the Taxpayers. If anyone is keeping track, no one has been concerned enough to end it – until now!

Not even the IRS. The NY Post’s article “Judge Money Melee Guardians Lax on Tax” reports retired Judge John Phillips’ two former guardians failed to file his tax returns for five years, running up a million dollar tax bill against his former ten million dollar-plus estate. Why? Because they wanted their share first! Judge Phillips, thanks to his court-appointed “protectors,” only has a few hundred thousand dollars left and he’s in pretty good health. So, who’s going to pick up the tab for his care when they finish picking his financial bones? The guardian? The guardian’s attorney? No way! You are!

See Also:
The Kung Fu Judge

Stop Guardian Abuse – Who Else is Paying the Price?

Who’s Paying the Price?

July 30, 2008

YOU!

That’s right. You’re picking up the tab – Mr. and Mrs. Taxpayer!

Our grandparents and parents are from a generation of savers; people who worked hard, sacrificed, and saved every possible penny for their golden years – and for their children. While not all wealthy, they have amassed enough funds to see them through their lifetime, with hopes and dreams of travel, spending time with family and friends, or pursuing new interests.

When the guardian/conservator has picked the Ward’s financial bones, the Ward becomes a public charge, on Medicaid, for the remainder of his/her life.

In other words, the guardian and other fiduciaries pauperize the Ward and then leave the Taxpayers holding the bag while those fiduciaries are working with their headhunters to find new victims.

No one knows how many billions of dollars this “welfare racket” for unethical guardians and other fiduciaries costs the Taxpayers. If anyone is keeping track, no one has been concerned enough to end it – until now!

Not even the IRS. The NY Post’s article “Judge Money Melee Guardians Lax on Tax” reports retired Judge John Phillips’ two former guardians failed to file his tax returns for five years, running up a million dollar tax bill against his former ten million dollar-plus estate. Why? Because they wanted their share first! Judge Phillips, thanks to his court-appointed “protectors,” only has a few hundred thousand dollars left and he’s in pretty good health. So, who’s going to pick up the tab for his care when they finish picking his financial bones? The guardian? The guardian’s attorney? No way! You are!

See Also:
The Kung Fu Judge

Stop Guardian Abuse – Who Else is Paying the Price?

Who’s Paying the Price?

July 30, 2008

YOU!

That’s right. You’re picking up the tab – Mr. and Mrs. Taxpayer!

Our grandparents and parents are from a generation of savers; people who worked hard, sacrificed, and saved every possible penny for their golden years – and for their children. While not all wealthy, they have amassed enough funds to see them through their lifetime, with hopes and dreams of travel, spending time with family and friends, or pursuing new interests.

When the guardian/conservator has picked the Ward’s financial bones, the Ward becomes a public charge, on Medicaid, for the remainder of his/her life.

In other words, the guardian and other fiduciaries pauperize the Ward and then leave the Taxpayers holding the bag while those fiduciaries are working with their headhunters to find new victims.

No one knows how many billions of dollars this “welfare racket” for unethical guardians and other fiduciaries costs the Taxpayers. If anyone is keeping track, no one has been concerned enough to end it – until now!

Not even the IRS. The NY Post’s article “Judge Money Melee Guardians Lax on Tax” reports retired Judge John Phillips’ two former guardians failed to file his tax returns for five years, running up a million dollar tax bill against his former ten million dollar-plus estate. Why? Because they wanted their share first! Judge Phillips, thanks to his court-appointed “protectors,” only has a few hundred thousand dollars left and he’s in pretty good health. So, who’s going to pick up the tab for his care when they finish picking his financial bones? The guardian? The guardian’s attorney? No way! You are!

See Also:
The Kung Fu Judge

Stop Guardian Abuse – Who Else is Paying the Price?

>The Cruelest Age

July 25, 2008

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Once a dashing young couple that dressed to the nines and had a new car every year or six months, Louie and Lee are now old — 87 and 88. They have a house with a mortgage, two small pensions, Medicare and no real plan for their final years.

The years that once stretched out ahead of them have closed in tighter and tighter, slowly grinding them into a crisis they never saw coming.

Families all over have similar tales.

They’ve worked all their lives and never thought to ask for a handout. But they don’t have enough set aside to carry them through as their health care needs steadily and dramatically increase.

They have no plan for how to handle their assets as their mental functions dim.

Although they have family — in particular, a grandson who’s put his life on hold to help out — family members have their own lives and don’t have the expertise to handle serious medical issues.

Any one of those problems is tough.

Put them all together and add denial, guilt and emotional baggage, and caring for aging parents can be a thorny thicket.

Full Article and Source:
THE CRUELEST AGE: A local family confronts Alzheimer’s, nursing home care

Video:
Louie and Lee Tessandori

The Cruelest Age

July 25, 2008
Once a dashing young couple that dressed to the nines and had a new car every year or six months, Louie and Lee are now old — 87 and 88. They have a house with a mortgage, two small pensions, Medicare and no real plan for their final years.

The years that once stretched out ahead of them have closed in tighter and tighter, slowly grinding them into a crisis they never saw coming.

Families all over have similar tales.

They’ve worked all their lives and never thought to ask for a handout. But they don’t have enough set aside to carry them through as their health care needs steadily and dramatically increase.

They have no plan for how to handle their assets as their mental functions dim.

Although they have family — in particular, a grandson who’s put his life on hold to help out — family members have their own lives and don’t have the expertise to handle serious medical issues.

Any one of those problems is tough.

Put them all together and add denial, guilt and emotional baggage, and caring for aging parents can be a thorny thicket.

Full Article and Source:
THE CRUELEST AGE: A local family confronts Alzheimer’s, nursing home care

Video:
Louie and Lee Tessandori