It’s alarmingly easy for a total stranger to gain total control over the life of a senior citizen. We enlisted a group of celebrities to offer a warning about predatory behavior...in a legal guardian or a hippo.
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I thought they would mention how more and more families invole 3 generations with the declining economy and the poor state of retirement plans and savings. And how elderly abuse is way more common than you think.
A court can throw out a power of attorney document. The only real way to stay safe is to never tell anyone how much money you have. Disown adult children who appear greedy and entitled. Be careful with estate attorneys because they game the system with the judges and corrupt guardians. In fact, many law firms have their own in-house guardians which should be a conflict of interest. Everyone can and will take advantage, especially your kids.
If someone comes to your door like police for a welfare check or a social worker from county mental health, remember: you don't have to open your door or speak to them. In fact, it's best that you don't. Establish an LLC in another state or place that makes it extremely difficult to obtain the information on who owns LLC's. This can be done online (research it) for a few hundred and without an attorney. Place certain (research it) assets under the name of the LLC.
The more difficult it is to find out how much money you have, where it is, or to access to it, the less likely you are to become a victim. There are good doctors out there and you must find one affiliated with a large well-established and respected clinic/general hospital. Corrupt guardians use independent visiting nurses organizations to go to facilities to treat the incapacitated. Unscrupulous doctors start these companies and supervise the nurses to keep you quiet and locked away. Everyone gets kickback referrals.
Don't trust your kids. From what I've seen they will push you over a cliff to get what they can and leave you clinging to life with nothing. You are but a piggy bank and dementia care costs 100k a year on average. Trust only yourself and if you're older there's not much point in marrying. Watch a few family killing episodes of Dateline NBC to let it all sink in. If the court system does get you, YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO AN ATTORNEY to help you.
How is it legally possible for a stranger to petition to become a guardian? Wait, how is it even legally possible to be under guardianship without a) proving the person is legally incompetent, b) notice to person subject of the petition?
Also, how can judges not be lawyers??
I am perplexed by the U.S. legal system.
i posted the following as a reply to someone's question about how this was done when a friend of theirs were having difficulty getting backing to apply:
Read the full story: https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/10/09/how-the-elderly-lose-their-rights
There were others in the medical and legal fields who were complicit with this Parks bitch. Your friend is trying to do this legally, they were not, they were just using the system. Others who were caught up in this abuse of the system are mentioned as well, but the primary story is about Rudy and Rennie.
EVEN BETTER NEWS: https://www.ktnv.com/news/contact-13/family-awarded-8-5-million-in-guardianship-abuse-case-says-it-s-not-about-the-money
I had originally seen this story before John presented this segment because I heard of it in a discussion forum I belong to. I had to search for it again to post it here for you, but noticed the top article and went back to check it - they won the civil case (will they ever see the money? probably not - maybe some if she has to give up some assets), and the bitch is IN jail awaiting the criminal case!! WOO HOO for Rudy and Rennie!!!
BTW, tell your friend they can still petition the courts - the court may appoint an attorney for the parent and will (depending on what state they are in and how competent they are) make decision based on whether the feel the person is competent or not. I'm sure they will want doctors to examine the person, but they should be able to find you own doctor(s) to back up the claim or not. Any place holding a family member like that, but unwilling to back up their own statements, or look out for the best interest of the patient - I'd be pulling that person OUT and threatening with legal action! They are clearly not acting in that person's best interest.
One more word of warning to everyone: GUARDIANSHIP TRUMPS DPOA!!! Someone could still attempt to take over by going to court. DPOAs can also be abused by anyone who has it - as the celebs said, be sure to choose someone you ABSOLUTELY trust, but also beware scams like this Parks pulled. You can still fight it in court...
This was really interesting especially since my parents have guardianship over my twin brother since he's severely autistic. It makes me thankful that Iain is under the supervision of someone we know and trust and not some random person.
This is like my 6th time commenting "so much of the land of the free and home of the brave" on this channel. Growing up I thought America was such a great place to live with all the nice tv shows and documentaries, but now I gonna keep my behind in Europe where Im a free man. Fuck traveling
Worse than Guardianship is when (as in our families case) my brother took control of all assets, liquidated them, spent the proceeds on a new home and car (Range Rover Sport) and effectively placed our parents in a shitty 3rd world countries assisted care facility. Any lawyers interested in helping us out?
Wait a second. I only realised this after watching it like 5 times.
At 10:00 He says, that local JUDGES dont have to get legal training?
A JUGDE who actually shouldnt be allowed to do anything regarding LAWS is making decisions in COURT?
I knew the US is often really, really stupid. But a justice system that isnt build on people who know what they are doing is kind of terrifying.
My mum was appointed a guardian. My dad did her bills and such, but the *public* guardian who acted as a public official, meaning under much stronger accountability rules in case of negligence or embezzlement, checked his accounting and any billings that looked "off" for her. *_Nobody_** was paid a penny for this!* This was naturally in Europe, where people are civilised and education is still appreciated, so all judges are _professional lawyers!_
Damn - I'm going for guardianship of elderly . . . There are several around who are ripe for the picking. No heirs, no close family, alone in rural America. What a recipe for disaster. We are up shit creek without a paddle. I hope John's presentation can help people not fall for BS.
About the other part of this episode (not on YT). The fact that an italian man from new york is the chairman of the british monarchy society. Their could be nothing more insulting to the brits. Your entire history revolves around seeing the french and the italians as non-human. And lets be fair, an italian man from new york barely qualifies as human.
My mother was literally stolen from by the court appointed attorney and the opposing attorney with the guardian just showing up in court stating HE would do it for free! HE by the way worked for protective services . I wasn't charging ! I was her daughter when my mother asked that I be her guardian it was ignored by the Okeechobee court judge and everything she owned was sold by this "guardian" and the judge just let it happen. My mother's house, car, clothes and all her belongings are gone...……... sold .I had to buy her clothes! my 2 siblings stole a truck load of stuff, then the guardian and the 2 lawyers and the judge took one million dollars + in FLORIDA from this woman.It appears to be a very well polished operation, since she could afford her own lawyer, This guardian moved her from one nursing home a Medicaid nursing home, that charged $6000. a month at least, for 8 years depleting her trust fund to another nursing home just recently .At the Medicaid $6000.a month place , I Had to get a lawyer to fight for her just to get her ears cleaned out as she was going deaf from wax build up. Their administrator fought me on this, plus the court deemed her incompetent in order to get full control for this "free" guardian over her rights and assets. It is my belief this guardian and these court manipulations killed my mother via negligence, ignorance and a pathology that is sweeping through Florida and all over the USA. Predatory guardians, all seem to appear on the outside as good citizens. My mother was able to be released to go home just a few months after being rehabilitated, at the 1st nursing home, but the guardian and her court appointed lawyer kept her in that nursing home for 8 years selling off her assets and stealing the rest of her life.
Wow, you give people a blank check to keep an old person alive, which is apparently unsubsidized and therefore nothing the government has an interest in making sure is done properly, and they abuse this unlimited and unregulated potential to rob the elderly? What a twist.
This segment worries me so much I started reading up on Maryland's guardianship laws where I live. They've made maryland's law stricter and the guardian in charge of the person isn't necessarily in charge on the property they need to go through another process for that. The person you want guardianship over also has to appear in court. You need two license professionals to sigh those certificates and it has to be doctors, etc who have seen those people within the past 21 days. The person who wants guardianship needs to jump through hoops and prove its necessary. There's a 88 page handbook on it. https://disabilityrightsmd.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/Guardianship-Handbook-2011.pdf
However, I was reading Delaware's, because I have elderly family who live there it was a two page pdf where you follow the yes/no squares. It's up to the person asking for guardianship on whether or not the person comes to court or not "if it will upset them." The only positive was that the next of kin has to be notified and has to sign documents for the guardian to take to court. The guardianship is denigned without the paperwork. But if its approved the guardian gets automatic control of the person's property. https://courts.delaware.gov/chancery/guardianship/
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