Thanksgiving brings special appreciation for those exposing probate abuse

While a specific Estate of Denial® Thanksgiving post hadn’t previously been planned, today provided two probate-related reasons for special thanks so, what can I say, a post became a must-do.

First, the newly-released Har Justice documentary, America’s Secret Wealth Exchanges, is an exciting project offering important insight regarding the atrocities being perpetrated by the legal industry via probate courts. Assets are being hijacked, civil liberties are being trampled. It’s impacting people at all economic levels and from all walks of life. Anyone who thinks it couldn’t happen to them falls into one single category – that of being a fool. Harsh as that sounds, it’s the truth. Economic and emotional devastation is the best way to describe the trail of targets these acts create.

Congratulations to Athena Roe and the Har Justice team for creating and producing this important work. A new means by which to communicate the dangers facing a largely unsuspecting public is indeed cause for giving thanks.

Years ago when EoD first started, credible, analytical reporting on the realities and true culprits of abusive probate actions was rare. In the last years, while the problem exists as much as ever, public awareness is slowly growing though resistance continues when it comes to recognizing the commonality of this issue.

New media sources including websites like EoD and others along with online radio programs have done much to highlight the issue. And while traditional media outlets often continue touting the talking points of community influencers (never underestimate the clout of local governments and prominent business leaders), new pressure to not be scooped by those “bloggers or their ilk” sometimes prompts a bit more honesty in coverage.

That said, some media outlets have boldly reported on the ugly realities of such actions and one standout on that front here in Texas has been Fort Worth Weekly’s Jeff Prince. Click here for some of Prince’s great work.

And to once again reiterate the lurking dangers posed by probate courts and those presiding over them, Fort Worth Weekly gave a special nod to the Tarrant County probate courts – venues known as corrupt and brutal to many falling under its jurisdiction – in its 2014 Turkey Awards noting the recipients as “The birds that drove us to distraction this year.”

In Tenderize These Birds with a Gavel, the probate courts of Texas’ third most populous county are described as follows:

The horror stories told by local residents who have been unwillingly sucked into guardianship cases in the county’s two probate courts are harrowing. Numerous court cases have come to light that depict two powerful judges, Pat Ferchill and Steve King, as being complicit in a system that strips citizens of their independence while draining their bank accounts through a seemingly never-ending array of court-appointed attorneys, guardians, and bankers. All earn fees, taken from the bank accounts of defendants.

Read more.

It’s also important to know that while this post specifically mentions guardianships, horror stories surrounding the Tarrant County probate courts involve additional probate instruments – wills, trusts, powers of attorney – and other estate-related actions as well. These guys are indeed overachievers. They miss no avenue of exploitation or seemingly retribution if targets don’t acquiesce to state-sponsored financial shakedowns.

For those of us who have been there/done that when it comes to abusive probate actions, the holidays can be a tough time. With that, efforts like America’s Secret Wealth Exchanges and FW Weekly’s 2014 Turkey Awards can go a long way to brighten what are sometimes dark and difficult days.

Thank you to those who “get” the existence of this shameful practice and this holiday, it’s also worth extending special appreciation to those who so courageously spread the warning message.

Wishing you the best Thanksgiving holiday possible!

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  • athena Roe

    Athena Roe can be reached at (719) 502-0798. My apologies for the delay and I look forward to hearing from anyone who is a friend of Lou Ann Anderson. What a wonderful activist! Thank you Lou Ann.