Last month, July 2013, one of our precious Survivors heard a knock on her door and was surprised to find a stranger who wanted to ask her many questions.  She had thought that he was an administrator from her Sarasota housing complex, but he turned out to be a psychiatrist who was surreptitiously conducting an examination of her in order to put her into emergency temporary guardianship, which did occur just a few days later (without notification to her closest family members).  
As many of you know, my own Father, Al Katz, a Holocaust Survivor, was likewise put into emergency temporary guardianship here without any notification sent to me as his next-of-kin, which notification is required by law.  My Father’s emergency temporary guardianship was court ordered on Erev Rosh Hashonah 2009.  
Today, another Holocaust Survivor would have been similarly forced into permanent Florida State guardianship shortly before Rosh Hashonah; however, Jews from across the United States worked for many days to prevent this unnecessary confinement of a Survivor, separation from her beloved family members, and isolation from the Jewish community.
The attorney that was appointed by the court to represent the Survivor was the same attorney that was responsible for my Father’s placement into the Baker Act illegally for three weeks without any court hearing, his lockdown for three additional weeks in an abusive nursing home, and his inability to come home from the nursing home, which traumas and medical neglect nearly cost my Father his life.
I urge you to be very careful when you encounter anyone or any experiences that could pose a risk to you in terms of elder abuse or exploitation.  In today’s case, the Survivor lives in a luxury housing complex and has very significant assets.  Once a person is forced into guardianship, all of his or her assets are under the control of someone appointed by the court, who may not have any relationship with the Ward at all, in other words, a total stranger.  The results to the person and property (asset seizure) of the Ward can be disastrous.  I ask you to begin this Rosh Hashonah safely and please feel free to contact The Al Katz Center any time you are faced with a troubling situation in which we can assist you.  
At The Al Katz Center, Survivors are treasures, the backbone of the Jewish people, to whom we all owe an inestimable debt of gratitude for their extreme sacrifices.  The Al Katz Center is a refuge and resource for Jews young and old, observant and non-.  
L’Shana Tova,
Beverly Newman, Ed.D.
The Al Katz Center
713 South Orange Avenue
Sarasota, Florida  34236
(941) 313-9239


  1. Thelma Says:

    It's a damn shame that the Survivors, after what they'd been through, should become victims of the greedy guardians.

  2. Joecitizen Says:

    Guardianship abuse well illustrated with an option for help. Nice.

  3. Anonymous Says:

    This could not happen unless the court continued to appoint these unethical attorneys "for" incapacitated people. These attorneys do not pay attention to pesky issues like proper notice. One of these days, someone is going to get smart and figure out that a court order entered without proper notice is VOID and of no effect. So if the guardian acts under that VOID order and sells the house, moves the person, gets rid of their property, they can be SUED.

  4. Anonymous Says:

    CareOne in Wayne New Jersey 07470 solicitated Dr El Rafi to evaluate Mary Sudovar then 99 yrs old and declared her to be incapcitated.Can you imagine? Some one interviews a 99 yr old woman @ the behest of a care facility for a few minutes and makes life altering conclusion, that allows the subject individual to be swept away, then iosolated, medicated and liquidated, not because she is of adled mind, but rather she might not know what day of the week it is or the date?Here in NJ how ever it takes to Dr's to have some one declared incapacitated and to date that has nt been the case with Mary who is to celebrate her 103rd birthday, a full 3 1/2 yers since she was classified by Al Rafi as 'failure to thrive'.Since then Judge Mary Margaret McVeigh of the Paterson NJ chancery Court has made decisions in Marys name with out ever once having been in the physical company of Mary herself!CareOne, Dr Al Rafi, Judge McVeigh and the people who looted Marys estate are all culpable and liable in a higher court.

  5. Rachel Says:

    To think that Al Katz was doped up to the extent that he thought he was back in the camps just haunts me.

  6. StandUp Says:

    Thank you Beverly, for being an advocate for other victims.

  7. Anonymous Says:

    I am currently witnessing a similar kidnappingtaking place and once I finish putting thepuzzle pieces together, HEADS will roll andJustice will perservere. Hint… This guardianwas born without a conscience and has beenat this awhile. …Watch the story unfold as ithas a plot with lots of scandalous twists &turns. This guardian has been in the newsbefore and is about to have a life changingevent. Please…all people who work aroundthe WARDs, say something!!! There arelives at stake. It could be your loved one!R

  8. Anonymous Says:

    …Yet another sick kidnapping story!!!Wait until l finish my homework andbring out the truth about what anotherguardian has been doing!!!

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