Gloria needs visitation, what’s up with that?

Gloria needs visitation.  While she has a court order for visitation, she has been stymied by the [local police dept where Mary is located] because while she shows up at the door with her court order, Carolyn says that she has a different court order, but does not produce it?

What sort of a police department is that which depends upon heresay?

I have not heard of that.  If Carolyn has a different court order she should produce it at the door.

Jive walks, court orders talk.

 

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How long will the court allow the isolation of Mary G Sykes?

Question: How often have you (Gloria Sykes, a nearly 60 year old woman) seen your mother since Carolyn Toerpe was appointed Guardian of your mother:

(1)  the second to last time I spent time with my Mother.  We went bowling.  She even broke 100!  People were coming up to her because she was so filled with energy and a good bowler, that they were applauding her (for her age).

(2)  the last time I saw my mother was at my Aunt Jo’s home in March 2009.  She played yet another winning hand of canasta.  Here she was so happy to see Shaggy, and obviously, he’s also happy to see her.

(3)  Mom and I the first time I saw her after 10 1/2 months of not being able to see or talk to her in 2010.  This was the first visit based on a court order that I can visit my mother ‘approximately every two weeks”.  Don’t know how a court can stop the association between a mother and daughter, let alone demand supervision, but Carolyn Toerpe NEVER complies with court orders.

I love my mother so much that I’ve risked everything to save my life in order to save her life and bring her home to the community where she thrived for 55 years and the people she loves and trusts.

From Gloria Sykes.

No one understands at all why Carolyn will not let Gloria visit her, or why the court allows a guardian to isolate a 92 year old disable person from her family.  Her elderly sisters have not seen her.  They cannot call her on the phone.  Gloria cannot call her.

Neither Mary’s sisters nor Gloria could Mary for Thanksgiving 2011.  And they did not see her in 2010.

If Gloria (daugher) or Yolanda (sister) wants to see or call Mary G, they must get a court order for each and every phone call or short one hour visit.

This is clearly not the intent of the Illinois Probate Code.  No Guardian should EVER be allowed to isolate and refuse visitation and phone calls by family members.

The Probate court allows this to continue.  The GAL’s turn a blind eye and deaf ear to the isolation.  As long as they get paid for each and every court call, they allow the abuse to continue so they can continue to bill on the case!

Carolyn Toerpe continually vioates court orders, she violates the probate code.  The Court and the GAL’s are well aware of this, BUT NO ONE SEEMS TO CARE or STOP THIS from happening.

Please sign the petition at:

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/to-return-mary-g-sykes-home-and-to-remove-carolyn-toerpe-as-plenary-guardian/

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Although this is obvious, no person in this blog has been accused of any wrongdoing, crime or even arrested unless stated otherwise from a website reporting actual arrests and convictions. We are stating our opinions and we have the right to do this. Only the particular author is responsible for his or her content. (So don’t blame me if you dislike some posts from someone else).  This site is newsworthy because it is picked up automatically by many other blogs and is therefore protected by the First Amendment of the US Constitution and the Illinois State Constitution and violations will be taken seriously with charges under the Illinois Citizens Participation Act.  We ARE participating in government here–we are lawyers trying to make a difference to make things better for grandma and grandpa.  We don’t care how much money you’re making–directly or indirectly from Probate or a nursing home or home health care wired-in business.  Do yourself a favor and get a different job, it’s not worth it.

The curous conduct of Mr. Lippman–a Chicago Volunteer Legal Services Attorney

Another burning question in this case is the curious conduct of Mr. Lippman, a senior attorney and volunteer at Chicago Volunteer Legal Services (CVLS).

Now no one wants to say anything bad about an attorney that regularly volunteers for the poor, and in this case the poor and elderly, but Mr. Lippman’s behaviour became quite curious in the course of the proceedings involving the guardianship of Mary G. Sykes. And to be fair, no one really knows why all of this happened but it all appears to be a severe violation of Mary G’s rights in this matter. And other than the fact Mr. Lippman did not show up in court–after being provided with a subpoena, the fault really lies with the court and not Mr. Lippman.

Sometime before that hearing date of December 7th, in fact many months before, Gloria took her mother to CVLS and asked for an attorney to help her fill out a Power of Attorney for Health Care and for Property. As with any good attorney, when a family member brings in an elderly senior, he wanted to talk with Mary G alone, determine that she was not under any undue duress or influence, and that she basically understood what the documents she was about to sign were there for. So he talked with Gloria for a short while, and then he privately discussed everything with Mary G and sent her happily on her way with the two required Illinois statutory forms, one for Property and One for health care. Mary filled them out with the assistance of another independent family member, and they were notarized by an independent party. The notary was available to testify in court, but the court did not want to hear that testimony, that the notary watched Mary G sign as indicated and there was no evidence of undue influence or duress. (Actually a notary only testifies that she knows the person signing the document was in fact the person before her–notaries do not ensure any other matters such as undue influence or even sound mind and memory, unless that is specifically stated so in the notary clause.)

But during the court hearing to appoint a guardianship, the court ignored all of these important facts, and even the most important document–the Power of Attorney and Health Care granted to Gloria which was the most recent and it should have been enforced UNLESS it was conclusively shown that Mary G was incompetent at the time of the signing–which would have been nearly impossible in a normal court because Mary G wrote specific wishes all over the document in her own handwriting!

The GAL’s said Mary was just parroting instructions, which was absolutely ridiculous because the words and phrases were complex and the handwriting was excellent. Was the court merely following the theory that a thousand monkeys with a thousand typewriters typing a thousand years could write an award winning short story? Was that the reasoning for this.

The court SHOULD have required Mr. Lippman to testify and enforced the Subpoena that Gloria filed, the court SHOULD have listened to the testimony of the notary. And the court clearly should have questioned Mary about who she wanted to have her Power of Attorney and if she could identify her handwriting on the document.

Instead, the court railroaded Gloria and appointed Carolyn–a person who was the subject of a Protective Order where Mary G alleged Carolyn was wrongfully removing assets from her accounts!

Mary G deserved her own private attorney and not the GAL’s who were ignoring her requests and her instructions.

She wanted to stay in her own home and have Gloria continue to care for her.

Those should have been the only goals of the Court and of the GAL’s.

Now it gets very, very strange. Of course the court would want to see those documents. Perhaps the court wanted to talk with Mr. Lippman, JD, to determine that he followed proper and customary procedures (this would NOT require Mary G to divulge her attorney client privilege. Mr. Lippman would only discuss the procedure and NOT the substance of the conversations.

Instead, at the last minute, Mr. Lippman said he would not attend and that the director of CVLS told him not to unless there was a court order in place–ridiculous. Mr. Lippman has a duty–even as an ordinary citizen–to attend a court hearing out of a civil duty. In Illinois attorneys have the right to obtain a subpoena where ever there is due cause that the testimony may be helpful to the court or to their client. Mr. Lippman and CVLS ignored all of that!

Further, the hearing on December 7, 2010 when Carolyn was appointed was only to be on Gloria’s care plan. Instead, the court railroaded Gloria and appointed Carolyn, even tho the matter should have been set for another day because there was no notice to anyone.

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Although this is obvious, no person in this blog has been accused of any wrongdoing, crime or even arrested unless stated otherwise from a website reporting actual arrests and convictions. We are stating our opinions and we have the right to do this. Only the particular author is responsible for his or her content. (So don’t blame me if you dislike some posts from someone else).  This site is newsworthy because it is picked up automatically by many other blogs and is therefore protected by the First Amendment of the US Constitution and the Illinois State Constitution and violations will be taken seriously with charges under the Illinois Citizens Participation Act.  We ARE participating in government here–we are lawyers trying to make a difference to make things better for grandma and grandpa.  We don’t care how much money you’re making–directly or indirectly from Probate or a nursing home or home health care wired-in business.  Do yourself a favor and get a different job, it’s not worth it.

Allegations of drugging Mary

Please Note:
One of the facts that I did not stress in my letter to the Illinois Department of Aging that supplements the ignored complaint that Mary Sykes personally filed and the Petition for a Protective order that was never heard, and the various cries of help that she uttered is the fact of the alleged drugging of Mary Sykes.
It has been alleged by family members that on one or more of the rare occasions that they had contact with Mary that she had been drugged.    The family members investigated the drugs and discovered that amongst the side affects that were published were effects that mirrored the diagnosis that was published by the guardian ad litem and the plenary guardian.   They have however provided no medical information to back up their diagnosis.    I do not consider a diagnosis by a doctor who did not physically examine Mary Sykes to be valid or informative.   I also suggest that any physican who relies on a history advanced by the alleged abuser – who claimed to be a PhD – having put the letters phd after her signature – to be suspect.
Thus, when a wellness check is done – especially of a woman who has had multiple trips to the emergency room – and virtually none prior to being placed in the custody of a person who she (Mary Sykes) accused in a Petition for a Protective order – a drug test should be done to make certain that the check is not compromised by drugging.
Let me make this very clear.   Elder abuse and Financial exploitation is a serious business.   Serve and Protect mean exactly that!   Jerry Sandusky  targeted childen and exposed the Paterno Syndrome of ineffective CYA law enforcement that has been demonstrated as equally applicable to the Mary Sykes case and literally hundreds of other guardian abuse cases across the fruited plain.   Now that the ‘dirty secret’ is out it is time for Law enforcement to redeem itself and earn back the respect of the public.   The tea party, the occupiers, and others have demonstrated that the American public is ‘fed up’ with unresponsive ineffective expensive government replete with a credo of Ignoring substance in favor of ‘good form’ and meaningless words!
The drugging of the elderly is not a new thing – it is just so reprehensible that the fact slipped my mind.    I apologize for not mentioning this unconscionable tact in my previous communication.   Anyone who would deny a mother communication with her children and her siblings is a monster!   Any public official who would attorn and aid and abet such a situation is a charter member of American branch of the National Socialist Party.  Democracy is not a spectator sport, and if we are not diligent in its defense we will lose it.
Happy Thanksgiving –
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Although this is obvious, no person in this blog has been accused of any wrongdoing, crime or even arrested unless stated otherwise from a website reporting actual arrests and convictions. We are stating our opinions and we have the right to do this. Only the particular author is responsible for his or her content. (So don’t blame me if you dislike some posts from someone else).  This site is newsworthy because it is picked up automatically by many other blogs and is therefore protected by the First Amendment of the US Constitution and the Illinois State Constitution and violations will be taken seriously with charges under the Illinois Citizens Participation Act.  We ARE participating in government here–we are lawyers trying to make a difference to make things better for grandma and grandpa.  We don’t care how much money you’re making–directly or indirectly from Probate or a nursing home or home health care wired-in business.  Do yourself a favor and get a different job, it’s not worth it.

Link

From Mr. Ken Ditkowsky, an Illinois attorney

His draft to the bankruptcy court.  Please click on the link above to see what he has written to help Gloria.  Excellent job.

Legal Disclaimer–
Although this is obvious, no person in this blog has been accused of any wrongdoing, crime or even arrested unless stated otherwise from a website reporting actual arrests and convictions. We are stating our opinions and we have the right to do this. Only the particular author is responsible for his or her content. (So don’t blame me if you dislike some posts from someone else).  This site is newsworthy because it is picked up automatically by many other blogs and is therefore protected by the First Amendment of the US Constitution and the Illinois State Constitution and violations will be taken seriously with charges under the Illinois Citizens Participation Act.  We ARE participating in government here–we are lawyers trying to make a difference to make things better for grandma and grandpa.  We don’t care how much money you’re making–directly or indirectly from Probate or a nursing home or home health care wired-in business.  Do yourself a favor and get a different job, it’s not worth it.

The Main Questions regarding this case–From Ken Ditkowsky

On the eve of the Christmas Season, I would like to ask one main question.
l.) Why should any child or close relative be limited or barred from visiting with his/her sibling/parent etc?  Or stated in a more specific manner – what possible rationalization exist for anyone to prevent Mary Sykes’ siblings (age 80 plus) and younger daughter (almost 60) from visiting with 92 + year old Mary Sykes on an unfettered basis? As noted in the Sykes  case the effort put forth by the plenary guardian and the two guardian ad litem to isolate Mary Sykes from her family, friends, young daughter, and siblings is humongous. Hundreds of hours have been spent in preventing the younger daughter and younger sister from having contact with Mary Sykes! Hundreds of hours have been expended by Guardian ad litem Stern in an effort to prevent Mary Sykes from having legal representation!
The obscenity that the marshalled facts detailing the plenary guardian’s and the guardian’s ad litem actions in the Mary Sykes case presents is strong evidence of how far we as a society have progressed in our efforts to re live the National Socialist agenda. Just like the ‘brown shirts’ of the 30’s we are pious in our verbage, but, the Paterno Syndrome is alive and well! The ‘do not ask, do not tell mentality’ has led law enforcement and government to forget their function in society, i.e. serve and protect. It is easy to goose step along in benign neglect! However, the fact remains that what is happening is wrong and no matter what member of political elite might find herself/himself in the ‘dock’ should not be a consideration.
Mary Sykes is not protected by isolation, financial exploitation and elder abuse. She (Mary Sykes) is not protected by a society that can turn its back on her and allow a guardian who was named by Mary in an Petition for an order of Protection to be deprived of the love or her siblings and her younger daughter! Some activities are inherently wrong! They remain wrong even when approved by authority and/or the Courts. This isolation of Mary Sykes from her younger daughter and her siblings is inherently wrong. How does the Illinois State Police and the Naperville Police attorn to this situation. The National Socialists rounded up allegedly undesirable people in the 30’s, bundled them into rail cars and deprived them of oxygen and the world watched! As indicated by the number of guardianship abuse cases that have come forward we have temporarily substituted the allegedly disabled for the “undesirables” or Jews, blacks, disabled persons, homosexuals and Russians!
The very same ‘lame excuses’ and rationalizations presented with authority are now used to perpetuate the elder abuse (isolation) and financial exploitation and the lack of action on the part of authority. The Paterno syndrome is just as alive in Chicago, Illinois, Colorado, Indiana etc as it is at Penn State. Heavy clout obviates any meaningful investigation, prosecution, protection, or government function. Form is superior to substance and we hear:
1) a guardian ad litem tells the Court that Mary Sykes does not want legal representation – even though she has in her own hand written a plea for legal representation.  Even though other family members have been passed notes by her and she has appealed to them to get an attorney and go home.  How do the GAL’s and the court respond?  To not bring up the subject because it will upset Mary G!  Mary G knows her mind and she wants it to be respected.  The Probate Code allows for the disabled person to make such decisions.
2) a lawyer telling a court that the isolation of Mary in a day care facility replete with sensory deprivation is ‘progress” (we know better – since when does a lawyers words substitute for common sense and reason?)  Why is Mary being placed in senior day care, when Gloria can keep her at home and care for her?
3) police department response minimizing approximately 1/2 dozen emergency room trips by Mary and the December 2010 incident in which we was reported to have lost 10% of her body weight, and was neglected by the plenary guardian. (this is exactly what happened in the Paterno case – and exactly what the Tea Party, the Occupy group, and the majority of Americans are crying about, We are tired by same old excuses and blame game! – Coach Paterno did exactly what he was required to do, and Law enforcement minimized the serious child molestation. Indeed, had Paterno done more nothing more would have happened. Indeed, nothing more would have happened and did not happen because Coach Paterno was an icon and if an honest and full investigation had occurred the heads of many of the clout heavy would have been on the chopping block. Thus, Paterno is the victim that the media is felling sorry for! Hell with the victims!)
4) the failure of government to insist that the plenary guardian inventory the contents of a safety deposit box (and a mattress containing money). (The GALs, law enforcement and the Court that is supposed to supervise the disabled person’s estate watched extensive remodeling go one a the plenary guardians’ home while her husband was unemployed and the US was in a serious recession )
Once again – how does our society rationalize it attornment to the isolation of Mary Sykes (92) from her daughter and siblings! (80 +) The ‘box cars are on the track!’ You will not need your luggage – *****
Ken Ditkowsky
http://www.ditkowskylawoffice.com

 

Legal Disclaimer–
Although this is obvious, no person in this blog has been accused of any wrongdoing, crime or even arrested unless stated otherwise from a website reporting actual arrests and convictions. We are stating our opinions and we have the right to do this. Only the particular author is responsible for his or her content. (So don’t blame me if you dislike some posts from someone else).  This site is newsworthy because it is picked up automatically by many other blogs and is therefore protected by the First Amendment of the US Constitution and the Illinois State Constitution and violations will be taken seriously with charges under the Illinois Citizens Participation Act.  We ARE participating in government here–we are lawyers trying to make a difference to make things better for grandma and grandpa.  We don’t care how much money you’re making–directly or indirectly from Probate or a nursing home or home health care wired-in business.  Do yourself a favor and get a different job, it’s not worth it.

CALL FOR STATE/FED INVESTIGATIONS by Ken Ditkowsky/JoAnne Denison, Illinois Attorneys

1.   A COMPLETE AND UNBIASED PHYSICIAN AND MENTAL EXAMINATION OF MARY SYKES TO BE CONDUCTED AT THE UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO CENTER FOR ADVANCED MEDICINE OR NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY.      This examination must be conducted by real doctors, not doctors who are willing to sign certificates of incompetency without examining the patent – the record in this case reveals such a physician.   It also reveals that the plenary guardian signed one of the certificates representing that she was a PhD.   She is not!

2. A COMPLETE INQUIRY AS TO THE PETITION THAT WAS FILED BY MARY SYKES WITH THE AID OF COURT PERSONNEL SEEKING AN ORDER OF PROTECTION.   It is amazing that this serious proceeding was totally ignored by the Circuit Court of Cook County and the two guardian ad litem who were assigned to this case.   Incidentally why are there two guardian ad litem and what is their role – except to prevent Mary from having legal representation?

3.  A COMPLETE INQUIRY AS TO THE ESTATE PLANNING DOCUMENTS THAT WERE PROMULGATED THAT ESSENTIALLY DISINHERITED MARY’S YOUNGER DAUGHTER.   This should have been a red flag for the guardian ad litem.    Since the plenary guardian was the named abuser in Mary’s petition for a protective order this situation should have been investigated.    Demands for the notes on such inquiry by the GALs have resulted in nothing being produced.

4.  A COMPLETE INQUIRY INTO ALL FACTS SURROUNDING THE APPOINTMENT OF A PLENARY GUARDIAN FOR MARY SYKES    THIS SHOULD BE COMPREHENSIVE AND SHOULD FOCUS UPON SUCH ISSUES AS WHY THE SODINI NOTICES WERE NOT HAD, THE AUGUST 31 2009 TRANSCRIPT, THE APPOINTMENT OF TWO GUARDIAN AD LITEM, THE DISQUALIFICATION OF JOANNE DENISON, THE ATTORNEY EXCLAMATION OF BEING RAILROADED, THE ACTIONS OF THE GAL IN PREVENTING MARY FROM HAVING LEGAL COUNSEL.  The Sodini case makes these notices jurisdictional.    Will there by a “cover up” of the admitted failure to serve the Sodini notices?     If there is , what is law enforcement going to do about it.

5.  A COMPLETE INQUIRY INTO THE REMOVAL OF MARY’S ASSETS FROM HER HOME AND FROM HER SAFETY DEPOSIT BOX – INCLUDING THE UNDERSTATEMENT OF THE ASSETS IN THE INVENTORY.    This is the heart of the criminal conduct and the unifying thread of this case and the other guardianship abuse cases.    This thread also extends to the nursing home financial exploitation cases.   Millions in tax revenue is lost by not requiring the guardians to report the ‘loot’ received as ordinary income.

6.  ALL FACTORS INVOLVED IN THE ISOLATION OF MARY SYKES FROM NOT ONLY HER YOUNGER DAUGHTER BUT HER SIBLINGS, FRIENDS, AND ACTIVITIES.   There is no justifiable reason why Mary’s 80/90 year old friends and relatives cannot freely and in an unfettered manner visit with her and communicate with her.    It is important that law enforcement ascertain the motivation for the GALs acting in a concerted manner to perpetuate the isolation.     Indeed, the demonization of Gloria Sykes by Adam Stern and Cynthia Faranga (GALs) is not only unjustified but evidence of gross impropriety.     Ms. Sykes is a published author and journalist.

7.  other and different aspects of the financial exploitation and elder abuse.

I suggest that everyone call/fax/email the court investigators (there are the federal ones or  the FBI in the Dirksen building, 219 S. Dearborn Ave, and the are also state investigators in the Thompson center.  You can also try to visit them with your petitions.  Gloria, can you get their phone/fax/email and we can post that tomorrow?  Everyone needs to email them with how Gloria lovingly cared for her mother for 10+ years while Carolyn idly stood by.  Also, if you have information on assets, that would be great and can substantiate Gloria’s claims of gold coinage and cash in the mattress and what people inherited in the family and then died, that would be great.  And finally, if you can substantiate how Mary has pled repeatedly to get an attorney and go home, that is very helpful too.

 

Legal Disclaimer–
Although this is obvious, no person in this blog has been accused of any wrongdoing, crime or even arrested unless stated otherwise from a website reporting actual arrests and convictions. We are stating our opinions and we have the right to do this. Only the particular author is responsible for his or her content. (So don’t blame me if you dislike some posts from someone else).  This site is newsworthy because it is picked up automatically by many other blogs and is therefore protected by the First Amendment of the US Constitution and the Illinois State Constitution and violations will be taken seriously with charges under the Illinois Citizens Participation Act.  We ARE participating in government here–we are lawyers trying to make a difference to make things better for grandma and grandpa.  We don’t care how much money you’re making–directly or indirectly from Probate or a nursing home or home health care wired-in business.  Do yourself a favor and get a different job, it’s not worth it.