For filing tomorrow–the Depositions of Gloria Sykes, Yolanda Bakken, Kathie Bakken and Scott Evans

Dear Readers,

as you know, last month I took the depositions of the Sykes family and I was utterly amazed at how firmly they they all told the same story, how their statements, answers and question for the truth, integrity and justice and Probate was utterly severe to the highest levels.

They directly contradicted everything in my complaint.

They told the same story–a tale of horrors.  No notice, no jurisdiction, yet seizing Gloria’s assets–assets meant for her health care post breast cancer which clearly endangers her health.  They tell the story of isolation of an active, vibrant elderly woman who was active in her garden club, walked miles around her own neighborhood for everything she wanted, the bank, the garden club, neighbors, the beauty salon–you name it, if it was within 2 miles, she would “do her daily walking” there.  So it was no surprise that at age 90 she was healthy, ambulatory, lucid and coherent.

But THAT does not stop the Illinois Probate system when it has targeted a senior with a paid up home in a highly desirable neighborhood, a good bank account, rumors of millions in gold coins and cash ($40,000) in a mattress.  Nope, things like due process and the US Constitution and the Illinois Constitution and even international treaties pertaining to human rights, civil rights and due process mean nothing to these miscreants.

Who are they and how do they do these scams are still a mystery because there HAS BEEN NO INVESTIGATION.

Why don’t the feds or states attorneys get someone in there with a wire?  There are many of these cases going on, starting right now, and no one stops this cash cow machine of probate–stealing lives and fortunes.

see below and take care


In Re:


Reg. No. 6192441

Commission No. 2013 PR 0001

Atty Sharon Opryszek, Atty Melissa Smart and Atty Jerome Larkin
ARDC, One Prudential Plaza, 12th Floor, Chicago, Illinois via personal delivery and email

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that on August 23, 2013 I will file a the attached Depositions and Exhibits of 1) Yolanda Bakken; 2) Kathie Bakken; 3) Scott C. Evans and 4) Gloria J. Sykes with the Clerk of Court of the ARDC, a copy of which is attached and served upon you herewith.

Respectfully Submitted

JoAnne Denison
JoAnne Denison
Denison & Assocs, PC
1512 N Fremont St, #202
Chicago, IL 60642
Ph 312 553 1300, Fax 312 553 1307


In Re:
Commission No. 2013 PR 0001

Reg. No. 6192441

Notice of Filing of Depositions and Exhibits

Joanne M. Denison (“JMD” or “Atty Denison”) herewith files the following Depositions together with Exhibits which were taken on 7/30/2013 pursuant to the Notice of Deposition shown in the attached exhibits:

1) Deposition of Yolanda Bakken, sister to Mary G. Sykes;
2) Deposition of Kathie Bakken, daughter of Yolanda Bakken and niece to Mary G. Sykes;
3) Deposition of Scott C Evans, long time and close family friend to Mary Sykes and her family;
4) Deposition of Gloria J Sykes, daughter and long term caretaker of Mary G Sykes.

You are invited to read and review these deposition which directly, firmly and completely  contradict the Complaint which the ARDC filed on January 8, 2013.

Why these depositions could not have been taken before the January 8, 2013 complaint was filed is a complete mystery.  Further, the ARDC’s failure to conduct an adequate investigation before taking legal action against Atty Denison (and Atty Kenneth Ditkowsky as well) should be seriously considered for Rule 137 sanctions under the Rules of the Illinois Supreme Court.

In a highly unusual fashion, no counsel for the ARDC appeared at any of the above depositions.  In addition, when the ARDC counsel was asked if they would like to bring back the witnesses to cross examine them, they said they would do this at trial.

In a further highly unusual fashion, the Tribunal thought it proper to require the attendance of Ms. Yolanda Bakken at trial, they would not use her deposition as an evidence deposition even though she is elderly (83+ years) and tires easily, and they desire to subject this woman to cross examination.  The undersigned attorney has never before seen a judge in the Illinois Court court system require an elderly, frail woman to attend a trial when a deposition would suffice.  In addition, it is equally cold and heartless for the ARDC not to attend her deposition and agree it may suffice as an evidence deposition.  Clearly the intent of the ARDC has not changed to a clear conviction to seek out the truth, find all miscreants in probate, and bring truth and justice to probate and integrity to the courts and their functioning.  It is highly disappointing to all honest and ethical attorneys involved.

Finally, it is further submitted that there is highly unusual activity taking place in this trial where the undersigned counsel had to take the depositions of her own witnesses, and that in volumes and pages of court transcripts, motions and pleading practice though numerous court actions in Illinois, this is the first time the Sykes family has been able to put their story on record in a deposition–or any full and fair court proceeding, for that matter.  This is most likely the first time when the Sykes family has not been abused in a judicial proceeding.

It is submitted that the blog at is in fact truthful, accurate and that the Complaint filed against the undersigned is entirely without merit and the ARDC has steadfastly refused to answer to, investigate or give any credence to dozens of complaints involving Sykes, as well as numerous entirely credible client complaints involving the following Illinois cases, all of which have been operating without jurisdiction under the Illinois Probate Act: Sykes, Wyman, Bedin, Valentino and now, because the ARDC does nothing and takes no action, and the judges and attorneys involved do not seem to care, a more recent case was invoked without notice: Marcel Payton.

No one investigates and no one cares.  The victims involved are elderly and frail.  They cannot speak for themselves.  However, this does not mean that the US Constitution and Illinois Constitution, as well as international treaties pertaining to due process and civil rights do not apply to the likes of Sykes, Wyman, Bedin, Valentino, Payton, etc.

These elderly and frail individual deserve better.  Alice Gore did not need to be isolated and have all her teeth pulled and then subject to a DNR/no food no water regimen which quickly killed her.  And that is not the only case where such nefarious activities are prevalent.

The ARDC can and must sit up and take notice that the public is becoming swiftly aware of the broken, unjust and unfair system currently residing in the probate courts.

My blog is just one small part of the fight for human rights, civil rights and dignity that can and must be implemented in our Illinois Probate court system.

The above Sykes case is just one story out of several dozen that the undersigned attorney has become aware of.  Not only has the Sykes family been abused in probate, but they are being abused by the ARDC and JIB when repeated requests for investigations and action are made with no apparent results..


JoAnne M. Denison
Prepared By:
JoAnne M. Denison, Atty. No.  14,867
Denison & Associates, PC
1512 N Fremont St, #202
Chicago, IL 60642
phone:  312-553-1300
fax:  312-553-1307

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