Life had grown dark and depressing for Davis until he met a beautiful, inspiring fellow patient who had a brief stay at the home while recovering from a stroke.
The woman, who wishes to remain anonymous, developed a lasting friendship with Davis and enjoyed the company of an intelligent man with whom she could comfortably converse. Davis and his companion shared similar backgrounds, both having roots in rural surroundings. They became inseparable friends and soon fell in love.
On June 25, the couple married.
However, the honeymoon never truly began for the happy newlyweds because Davis’ financial life is chained to the legal system.
The couple talked of traveling together and possibly relocating, but Davis was informed that he could not leave the state. In fact he could not drive, vote, or even open up a bank account.
said Davis, shaking his head in dismay: “I’m a hostage to the system. I even tried opening up my own bank account, but they shut it down,” he said, referring to his legal guardian.
Davis became a ward of the Gila County Public Fiduciary Office.
Anyone who knows Davis can see that he is not incapacitated. State statute allows the ward or any person interested in his welfare to petition for a new court appointed attorney to reevaluate their situation.
Last August, Mrs. Davis did just that. Her petition was recognized and her husband did have his day in court, but to no avail. At the hearing his fiduciary spoke for him, but it was not the representation Davis was hoping for. He was not allowed to speak for himself at the hearing and make his case to the judge that he was a capable man of sound mind.
Mrs. Davis stated that the judge rubber-stamped him as an “adult protected person” upon his fiduciary’s recommendation, and he was denied impartial representation by a court appointed attorney.
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Nursing home romance stifled by system
Tiffany Poarch of Gila County Public Fiduciary is registered with the National Guardianship Association