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Justice often slow for elder crimes

Experts Seek Tools to Fight Rise in Abuse Thomas Goldsmith, Staff Writer (thomas.goldsmith@newsobserver.com or 919-829-8929) March 10, 2008 The News & Observer (Raleigh, NC) http://www.newsobserver.com/news/story/991319.html CLINTON – So far, Mary Morris has spent three years and $73,000 to get back just part of the $475,000 that was withdrawn from her mother’s accounts by the relative Keep Reading…

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“Grave” problems ahead: looting assets of the dead and disabled

This column is an adaptation of a previous piece entitled “’Grave’ Problems in Texas.”  The original piece is archived at http://www.estateofdenial.com/?p=283.  Besides introducing the concept of Involuntary Redistribution of Assets (IRA), this condensed piece also provides a valuable overview regarding the instruments often used in IRA actions.       “Grave” Problems Ahead:  Looting Assets of the Dead and Disabled  Lou Keep Reading…

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“Grave” problems ahead

“Grave” Problems Ahead:  Looting Assets of the Dead and Disabled Lou Ann Anderson March 8, 2008 Grave robbers.  Tomb raiders.  Cronies who plunder and rape estates.  These are characterizations used to describe experiences in probate systems across the U.S.   Guardianships, trusts and wills are vehicles commonly used to perpetrate Involuntary Redistribution of Assets (IRA) actions.  Keep Reading…

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“You would not believe some of the stuff we see”

Fraudsters, Even Family Members, Prey on Elderly Ann Marie McQueen (ann.marie.mcqueen@sunmedia.ca) March 2, 2008 The Ottawa Sun http://ottsun.canoe.ca/News/OttawaAndRegion/2008/03/02/pf-4887288.html When she went to see her elderly dad at his nursing home, the 63-year-old woman, his primary caregiver and keeper of his power of attorney, found he was gone. Her older brother — the one her 87-year-old Keep Reading…

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Fraudsters, even family members, prey on elderly

“You would not believe some of the stuff we see.” Those are the comments of an Ottawa detective assigned to her department’s elder abuse section.  The article below once again provides great examples of the same type cases that occur daily in the U.S.  The Canadian press appears to write regularly on this topic.  The American press Keep Reading…

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Does power of attorney mean power to steal?

Madison Twp. Resident Guilty of Stealing from Woman  Tracey Read February 22, 2008 Tracey Read (TRead@News-Herald.com) The News-Herald (Willoughby, Ohio) http://www.zwire.com/site/printerFriendly.cfm?brd=1698&dept_id=21849&newsid=19321173  Janice Kucera smiled Thursday as a Madison Township woman was convicted of befriending Kucera’s octogenarian mother to get power of attorney over her. Lisa Hanusosky, 53, went on trial Tuesday in Lake County Common Keep Reading…

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Too many probate judges or too few ethics?

Too Many Probate Judges Op-Ed March 2, 2008 The Hartford Courant http://www.courant.com/news/opinion/editorials/hc-probate.artmar02,0,2153907.story A recent story in The Courant about small-town probate courts with little reason to exist conjured up the image of a judge drumming his fingers on his desk, blank legal pad at the ready, looking out the window in vain for a customer; Keep Reading…

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Judge operates legal practice out of local probate court

Private Shingle on a Public Court Kim Martineau (kmartineau@courant.com) February 28, 2008 The Hartford Courant http://www.topix.net/content/trb/2008/02/private-shingle-on-a-public-court On paper, it looked like Richard Guliani was running a legitimate law practice from his home. But when clients called the number on his letterhead, the phone rang at town hall, inside the probate court where he was also Keep Reading…

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Financial elder abuse (Part 2) – sometimes it starts in the home

As a final note regarding financial elder abuse and Involuntary Redistribution of Assets (IRA) cases, we want to put forth the prudent reminder that while adult children, caregivers and other “fast friends” are potential sources for fiscal fiendery, the elderly targeting each other is a common though not so regularly discussed scenario.  The article listed Keep Reading…

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Financial elder abuse (Part 1) – all your life you’ve waited for this?

Estate of Denial has come across many articles of late regarding elder abuse.  In keeping with this site’s theme regarding the Involuntary Redistribution of Assets (IRA), our research has focused on financial elder abuse.  As technological advances allow people across the world to live longer than ever before, more financial elder abuse cases are also Keep Reading…

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Abuse of power case

In another Involuntary Redistribution of Assets (IRA) case, an Ohio woman was recently convicted of befriending a woman to get power of attorney over her.  A jury found Lisa Hanusosky guilty of two counts of theft and one count of forgery with regard to power of attorney activities for Lucille New, now 86.   This case Keep Reading…

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Probate corruption: what v. why

In a recent e-mail exchange with Tom from Ohio, the comment was made that the lack of oversight with regards to judges and lawyers is important.  It was also stated that duping DNR’s or those heavily medicated by having them sign legal documents while incapacitated or as a result of undue influence was already illegal.  Keep Reading…

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NYC guardian abuse exposed

In a recent investigative report, New York Fox 5 reporter Mary Garofalo exposed “foxes” of another type — that is “foxes left in charge of the hen house” and the attrocious consequences that follow!  Congratulations to the National Association to Stop Guardian Abuse for their participation in this story.  As many IRA victims are unable Keep Reading…

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Financial elder abuse a common IRA case component

We recently came across a web site called Spotlight on Elder Abuse (http://elder-abuse-spotlight.blogspot.com).  The site appears to have an international scope and links to some good information.  We know that Involuntary Redistribution of Assets (IRA) cases occur throughout the U.S., but reading the case history which inspired the establishment of this site also serves as Keep Reading…

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Elder exploitation example of candidate influence, opportunity

Tom in Ohio has spent many years trying to bring attention to the increased risk of exploitation faced by aging Americans.  During this presidential election cycle, Tom, like any good advocate, is watching to see what the candidates are saying about his issue.  Estate of Denial loves accountability.  We find it lacking in most of Keep Reading…

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