Estate of Denial® posted our latest column Arizona’s Marie Long personifies ‘property poaching by probate’ threat not only here at this site, but also on Examiner.com. Probate property poaching targets and other concerned individuals who understand the quiet threat facing Americans across this country weighed in with comments. Through experience some have learned the destructive force that corrupt and/or incompetent courts can bring to a person’s life. Others, through civic engagement and observation, recognize that they along with their family, friends, co-workers and neighbors aren’t immune from the influence of our legal system – and when corruption goes unchallenged, the potential for harm to an unsuspecting public only grows.
A few short years ago many legal practitioners and government officials denied existence of cases like Marie Long – much less that community-based legal industry networks have organized and now thrive thanks to lucrative estate looting operations. That’s not such an easy sell today.
If there’s one thing the legal industry knows how to do, it’s circling the wagons. And as the Marie Long column suggests and comments at Examiner.com reinforce, it would seem they’re often fairly successful. Increasing attention on probate corruption and the overall issue of legal system integrity is causing those “circling” efforts to intensify. Interestingly, the audience who formerly accepted standard, self-serving legal industry talking points as “gospel” is now (and rightfully!) beginning to question the motivations and credibility of today’s “justice” system along with its proponents – namely the lawyers and judges it often so well serves.
The Marie Long case provides an important lesson as to how a private citizen responsibly living life can have their world shattered at the hands of greedy, opportunistic lawyers working in concert with corrupt courts. This model exists to some degree in many if not most communities!
No inoculation exists for these actions. We’re all at risk. One of the best defenses, however, is to understand who is running your local courts. Many questionable legal industry practitioners continue entering into political arenas. Legal system reform advocates like Estate of Denial® can’t encourage strongly enough that voters should do their homework.