Florida Victims Hopeful Glimmer For Guardianship Abuse Reform.
REFORM BULLETIN FLORIDA; Sept., 7, 2018
Original Bulletin: My Palm Beach Post
Victims from all around Florida represented by AAAPG (www.aaapg.net) and especially with the dogged persistence of our member Doug Franks (who was honored in the FL Senate for his work) were instrumental in the creation of the OPPG. It has taken several years for these charges to be brought by the OPPG and its lead investigator, Anthony Palmieri. For that we are thankful. We hope that the persistence of the Post and John Pacenti will result in serious penalties for those perpetrating this type of unconscionable fraud. But if past experience is any measure, we fear that the judicial hierarchy will rally to insulate Colin and Savitt from any meaningful jeopardy and let them off the hook (are you listening Chief Judge Marx?). After all Colin and French will both be retired soon and no other judge in his right mind will give cases to Savitt now (even though she remains on the wheel incredibly).
But their actions are the tip of a much much larger iceberg of similar exploitation going on all over this state and many many others. It bespeaks a deep level of hubris and arrogance when our Bar and JQC complaint departments willfully ignore an avalanche of complaints against the probate insiders all over the state for years. No lawyer who values his career is willing to take on the probate racket. No family litigant in probate equity courts, particularly those who cannot afford top-tier representation and appear pro se, has any expectation of even being heard by these equity judges who seem to believe that the estates that come before them for adjudication should rightfully pass into the hands of the lawyers who practice in front of them in order to line all their pockets with years of rubberstamped fee petitions for massive amounts of money so as to ensure that they are reelected.
Dr. Sam Sugar describes this national racket in detail in his book “Guardianships and the Elderly – The Perfect Crime” (available on Amazon) and I suggest that anyone concerned about an elderly parent or family dysfunction that could lead them down the path to probate court read this book and become educated about the risks that face families when they ask lawyers and judges to become involved in their family matters.
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