The Probate Papers is a story of a thousand tragic stories. The development of each story is also a story in and of itself; loving parent’s lives & legacies twisted to hell by a system of puppet-masters and their intentional orchestration of the seven sins. This exposé is a dynamic project; alive, playing out in real-time though videos, article curation, focus groups, research advocates, civic panels and painful victim accounts all poured into this virtual repository assisted by data-journalist developed tech application’s, Geo-Intel maps, and AI crowd-sourcing scouts that compile & aid the narration of this most-tragic chapter of latter-day life in preset day Americana.
Like its predecessors, the Panama Papers and the Paradise Papers, the Probate Papers also involves serpentine estate planners and tax attorneys deviously transferring assets in a labyrinth of their own illicitly-drafted device, completely contrary to long-established plans, decency and law. Comparatively, in the era of Assange and Snowden, European and American journalists exposed the wealthy, power-wielding elites laundering their treasure in Caribbean tax havens through dubious firms such as Mossack Fonseca and mysterious London shell-companies all ran by the same dead woman.
Several journalists’ paid with their careers, freedom, forced to exile or were killed in those global investigations that continue to shake the foundations of power to this day. Glaring proof that authentic investigative journalists and whistle-blowers live as truth’s martyrs. In this age of increasing wealth disparity and global corruption, they are the unsung broken-souled saviors. The torch they bore is passed to every-day citizens, regular people finding themselves unexpectedly thrust into betrayal and treachery liken to the lowest circles of Dante’s inferno.
While the tax-dodging law firms have, for the meantime gone omerta, an even more insidious estate-transferring breed has proliferated equivalent to the rapid growth in the aged, frail and asset-rich but memory-poor community. The aged will double in the next 20 years, coinciding with histories largest wealth-transfer that is currently underway. Not surprisingly, the latest in-vogue RICO scheme involves fate-changing provisions pushed by predatory pettifogger’s intentionally creating family dysfunction on the rigged battlefield of probate court where dubiously mutated boilerplate estate documents, undue influence and the signature signing pen is mightier than the sword.
For those of you who have not yet crossed into the alighierian land of “All hope abandon, ye who enter here”, the following support articles are, only but a few to get familiar with and prepare you for what lies ahead for your parents and you.
Aligned Cronyism in Probate Court & Undue Influence.
Entrenched Professional Cronyism in Probate Courts, A Key Factor in Elder Abuse & Exploitation.
The same Judge has biased council from aligned self-serving professionals, all whom have mutual interests to keep the cash-cow victim and their property under their authority in Guardianships and/or Conservatorships. This is a substantial and illicit conflict-of-interest—opposite of the Wards best interest. When those acting as officers for the court; lawyers, guardian ad litems, social workers/court visitors, evaluating clinicians & physicians work in-concert to conceal documents, evidence of abuse, exploitation & negligence — this essentially sabotages the machinery of justice; due process, amounts to perjury and each by definition, is a type of fraud upon the court.
“…. often there is a little buddy-buddy system going on, sometimes a judge has friends who are attorneys,” said Thomas Coleman, a Palm Springs lawyer who specializes in representing the disabled.”
Criminal ageism, sexism and “disabilism” rackets run through the county courts.
The municipal court’s crony-aligned network of professionals all receiving hundreds of dollars in hourly fees from the same vulnerable person’s estate (most often disabled elderly women).
Geo-Intel Display of Source Articles: The source-curating technology below is one element of an extensive nationwide data-journalism macro-project consisting of: 1) Geo-intel source curating processes including 1000’s of public news articles, 2) field-data gathering investigations via elder justice grassroots research groups, 3) victim & expert testimony, 4) undercover citizen investigative journalists & private investigator evidence, 5) social media crowd-sourcing and 6) artificial intelligence machine agents that also ferret out the repeating trends in histories largest scam ever ran through the courts.
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A Central Theme of the Probate Papers Exposé Delves Into the Interrelationship of Entrenched Professional Corruption, Elder Exploitation and Undue Influence.
“Psychologist Margaret Singer was one of the first researchers to connect elder abuse to undue influence, which she defined as “(w)hen people use their role and power to exploit the trust, dependency, and fear of others. They use this power to deceptively gain control over the decision making of the second person.”The psychological tactics of undue influence have been likened to tactics used by cults, ….” National Center on Law & Elder Rights: The Impact of Undue Influence
The Probate Papers Exposé: Source Article Research, Undue Influence & Probate Precedent Examples.
BuzzFeed News Sept., 17, 2021: BEYOND BRITNEY: ABUSE, EXPLOITATION, AND DEATH INSIDE AMERICA’S GUARDIANSHIP INDUSTRY
“In local courts across the country — often woefully unfit for the sweeping power they command — guardians, lawyers, and expert witnesses appear frequently before the same judges in an established network of overlapping financial and professional interests. They are often paid from the estate of the person whose freedom is on the line, creating powerful incentives to form guardianships and keep them in place.”
“The judge knows the lawyers, the lawyers know each other,” said J. Ronald Denman, a former state prosecutor and Florida lawyer who has contested dozens of guardianships over the past decade. “The amount of abuse is crazy. You’re going against a rigged system.”
Seattle Times: Secrecy hides cozy ties in guardianship cases
“Potential conflicts of interest radiate through guardianship cases, a Seattle Times investigation has found.”,….. “Judges and court commissioners across the state have sealed the entire file in at least 398 guardianship cases since 1990, The Times found during its ongoing series investigating concealed court records. Most of the cases were sealed in King County.”
Contrast in Legal Interpretations in Different Counties In the Same “Uniform Code” State.
Idaho Probate Attorney has his own brother disinherited while working on another case where 4 siblings, including a disabled child is disinherited.
Spokesman Review: Magnuson son sues siblings over estate.
Probate Court As Gateway To Elder Human Trafficking.
HuffPost: Is Elder Guardianship A New Form Of Human Trafficking?
“The victims are seniors. The partners in crime are financial predators and agents of the Elder Guardianship system — attorneys, professional guardians, medical experts, and others who are paid out of the senior’s assets. There are some good judges but many are overworked and some are actively aiding the exploitation. Anyone can file to deem you incapacitated. The entire process from filing an incapacity petition to plenary guardianship where all rights are removed can happen within days. Yet, once you’re caught in the web, it’s almost impossible to break free… AND you are forced to pay your abusers in the process.”
Research assistance, educational resources and citation’s courtesy of regional newspapers, grassroots elder rights advocates, affiliated vulnerable person organizations, State & Federal Act ordinances.
Business Allies is a Profit to Nonprofit Northwest Business Alliance. Seattle & Spokane Washington, Sandpoint, Coeur d’alene, Kootenai County Human Rights Projects for Elder Justice. Data aggregation sources and leads focused on family rights and community safety. Advocate Platforms Research for Guardianship, Conservatorship abuse, exploitation & negligence and enmeshed probate court corruption. Public data aggregation sources and leads: regional newspapers, VP Taskforce, AltrueSoft Tech Platforms, Citizen to Citizen Reporting, Citizen’s Bureau of Investigation, Northwest Journal News, Grassroots Elder Advocate Organizations, state & national GAO research monitoring & grant projects. Department of Justice elder rights investigation protocols by adult protective services or law enforcement, prosecution, and trauma recovery:
- National Adult Mistreatment Report System (NAMRS) collects state-level adult protective services data.
- National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS) collects state-level law enforcement data.
- FTC Consumer Sentinel Network collects consumer complaints from multiple sources.
- Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) collects data on suspected elder financial exploitation submitted by financial institutions.
- Dept. of Justice: LIST OF CURRENTLY DISCIPLINED PRACTITIONERS
Key search terms: grant research objectives & Administrative rules for Adult Protective Services, State Health Departments, Elder Abuse and Exploitation requirements legislated by the Code of Federal Regulations, Social Security Act, Americans with Disabilities Act and Older Americans Act. Aggregated & direct interviews via Citizen research and complaints focused on elder abuse, exploitation and negligence, human trafficking, corruption, professional cronyism among state licensed service providers such as Estate Planning Attorneys, Doctors, Physicians, Clinicians & coordinated medical ethics for elder care, neurocognitive & capacity evaluations, Conservator, Court Visitor, LSW, Guardian, Guardianship, Trustee, Management Services, Model Rules of Professional Conduct, Rules of Civil Procedure, State Bar Ethics Commissions, CMS, Hospital, Facility Management, SEC, FINRA, Code of Federal Regulations,Tax Fraud, Wealth Management Services, Certified Financial Forensics & CPA Investigation manuals, Uniform Code and many more industry compliance guidelines . Supported by research from over site sources, Bureau of Occupational Licenses and all State Statutes relevant to Negligence, Exploitation & Abuse including Probate Court monitoring, Senate Hearing on “Toxic Conservatorships“, recent federal legislation, Acts of Congress, Elder Justice Act, Elder Abuse Guide For Law Enforcement (EAGLE), American Bar Association & American Psychologists Association Resources on & Elder Abuse & Vulnerable Person Legislation.
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