AN OPEN LETTER TO CONGRESS
AND THE WHITE HOUSE

Reform of Unlawful Guardianships/Conservatorships
and
Abuse by Courts and Fiduciaries

 


PROTECTING OUR CITIZENS
FROM
UNLAWFUL AND ABUSIVE
GUARDIANSHIPS
AND
CONSERVATORSHIPS
 

 



N
ational
Association
to

G
uardian
Abuse

(NASGA)



A
public benefit/civil rights
501(c)(3) nonprofit organization



 

 


Table of Contents 

   

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

i

 

 

INTRODUCTION

iii

 

 

ABOUT NASGA

viii

 

 

I.      GUARDIANSHIP - A FORM OF CIVIL COMMITMENT -
         CAN BE DANGEROUS TO THE HEALTH
         AND IS DANGEROUS TO THE WEALTH OF ALL AMERICANS

1

         Rights Violations and Lack of Due Process

  

         Total and Absolute Control of Life, Liberty and Property

2

         Failure to Conserve (Preserve) Estate

3

         Needless Warehousing - Real Property Quickly Sold

3

         Abuse, Isolation and Chemical Straightjacketing

3

         Retaliation

4

         DNR as Punishment for Wife’s “Interference”

4

         Brainwashing

5

         Anguish and Fear

6

         Support Services Could Obviate Need for Guardianship

6

         Victims’ Intended Retirement/Inheritance Plans Ignored

6

         Devastation - Financial and Otherwise

6

         Recovery - Financial and Emotional

7

         Fees - The Deck is Stacked in Favor of the Fiduciaries

7

 

 

II.     PROBLEMS OF UNLAWFUL/ABUSIVE STATE GUARDIANSHIPS

8

         Rights Violations and Lack of Due Process

9

         Labeling

8

         Watchdog Agencies

9

         “Emergency” (Temporary) Guardianship

9

         Patronage and Conflicts of Interest

10

         Fraud

11

         Overbilling and Exploitation

12

         Failure to Preserve (Conserve) Estate

16

         Durable Powers of Attorney and Advance Directives

16

         Family First?

17

         Least Restrictive Alternative

18

         Transparency (Confidentiality)

19

         Accountability - Futility of Appeal & Discipline Process

20

         Discipline Statistics

21

 

 

III.   CRIMINAL ACTIVITY INCREASING

23

         Tax Evasion by Fiduciaries 

23

         Criminal Prosecutions of Fiduciaries 

25

         Criminalizing Guardianship Abuse

27

 

 

IV.    MONITORING, OVERSIGHT, PENALTIES, AND ENFORCEMENT

28

         Many Studies and Suggestions - No Meaningful Reform!

28

 

 

V.      WHO SHARES THE BLAME?

38

 

 

VI.    THE NEED FOR FEDERAL INTERVENTION                

39

         AARP:  “Federal Options to Improve America’s
              Ailing Guardianship System”     

39

         Fourth Amendment

41

         Fifth Amendment

41

         Sixth Amendment

42

         Fourteenth Amendment

43

         Habeas Corpus 

43

         Interstate Grannynapping – “Kidnapping” or “Rescuing”?

45

         18 U.S.C.241

46

 

 

VII.   AN IRONIC CONSEQUENCE OF MISUSE
         OF PROTECTIVE STATUTES -
         WITH A TRULY SHOCKING AND APPALLING TWIST 

47

 

 

VIII. NASGA RECOMMENDATIONS FOR REFORM

48

         Mediation

48

         Failure to Conserve - Medicaid Fraud

48

         Federal Benefits and Pensions

48

         Payment of Taxes and Other Obligations

49

         Fraud

49

         Financial Recovery

49

         Licensing, Certification and Background Checks

49

         End the Money Lure

49

         Ethical Considerations

49

         “Emergency” (Temporary) Guardianships

50

         Medical Evidence

50

         Labeling

50

         Rights Violations and Lack of Due Process

50

         Transparency (Confidentiality) and Accountability

51

         Durable Powers of Attorney and Advance Directives

52

         Family First and Least Restrictive Alternative

52

         Retaliation – Isolation

52

         Habeas Corpus

53

         Pro-se Litigants

53

         Ombudsman

53

 

 

IX.    MONITORING AND OVERSIGHT

54

 

 

X.      CONCLUSION

55

         Make Good the Forgotten Promise

55

 

 

Appendices

59

         "Marked for Destruction" 59
         George and the Great Writ 60

                

 

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Read the September 2010 Governmental Accountability Office's (GAO) report to the Senate Special Committee on Aging: 
GUARDIANSHIPS:  Cases of Financial Exploitation, Neglect, Abuse of Seniors

“Most of the allegations we identified involved financial exploitation and misappropriation of assets. Specifically, the allegations point to guardians taking advantage of wards by engaging in schemes that financially benefit the guardian but are financially detrimental to the ward under their care. Also, the allegations underscore that the victim’s family members often lose their inheritance or are excluded by the guardian from decisions affecting their relative’s care.”


 

 

 


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Visit our main website at www.StopGuardianAbuse.org
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Read NASGA's second white paper, "A Review of Unlawful 'Emergency' Guardianships":  

An Open Letter to Congress and the White House - 2

Read NASGA's third white paper, "The Fleecing of Medicaid and the
Taxpayers": 
An Open Letter to Congress and the White House - 3


Read NASGA's fourth white paper, "Judicially Sanctioned Financial Exploitation of Vulnerable Elderly and Disabled Citizens
by Non-Family Court-Appointed Fiduciaries

An Open Letter to Congress and the White House -4

Read NASGA's warning to Baby Boomers,
"Boomers Beware of Guardianship Abuse"

and
 "Boomers Beware of Conservatorship Abuse"
 

Guardianship abuse / conservatorship abuse IS elder abuse!

© NASGA - Stop Guardian Abuse 2006