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Public can comment on proposed changes to Missouri’s guardianship law

ST. LOUIS •Four years in the making, a task force last week finished a draft revision to a state law that affects some of Missouri’s most vulnerable residents — 30,000 wards or clients deemed too incapacitated to make decisions for themselves. Another 23,000 cases involve minors whose parents were found unable to make choices for Keep Reading…

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Clark County Commissioners, Nevada lawmakers move to reform ‘appalling’ guardianship program

Calling Clark County’s court-appointed guardianship operation “appalling” and “frightening,” county commissioners Tuesday called for a sweeping overhaul of the system. While no formal decisions were made, commissioners called for a blue ribbon panel to examine the shortcomings and gaps in the system that leaves elderly and mentally incapacitated residents vulnerable to Private Professional Guardians looking Keep Reading…

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Texas guardianship bill moves forward

State Rep. Stephanie Klick, R-Fort Worth, has a bill offering greater protections to those targeted for court-initiated guardianships. From Watchdog Arena: A Tuesday hearing before the Texas House Committee on Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence addressing HB 3914 rekindled the ongoing debate over abusive guardianships. Reform advocates call the system one-sided and exploitative even as probate Keep Reading…

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Post investigates: How professional guardian got marriage annulled (FL)

Glenda Martinez-Smith found the love of her life as a senior citizen. Martinez-Smith, 68, said she felt like she hit the lottery when she met retired Army Col. J. Alan Smith of Boynton Beach through a senior dating website. “It was like a fairy tale,” she recalls. But the retired school teacher said their bliss Keep Reading…

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Guardianship reform could offer new freedoms (TX)

Dawn Carlton is intellectually disabled, but she says she manages fine on her own. She lives in a cheery South Austin apartment with her cat, Bella, where she manages her rent and bills, as well as her medication. And although it took her six years to learn, she proudly says she knows how to drive and Keep Reading…

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