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Patent and Trademark Attorney practicing in Chicago, Illinois accepting clients nationwide. We also do trademarks, general intellectual property and business litigation. See our website at www.DenisonLaw.com. Now suspended for 3 years by the Illinois Atty Regn and Disciplinary Commission for blogging about corruption and telling truths that the ARDC wants to cover up. Still a patent agent, tho.

From FB: Michigan AG suspends questionable practice of acquiring homes in foreclosure from the deceased

Now this is an interesting practice:

http://www.wxyz.com/news/local-news/investigations/michigan-ag-suspends-probate-foreclosure-practice-in-wake-of-investigation

I can understand someone watching for homes that fall into foreclosure because the owners died, but to somehow make massive profits off of this is just unreal.

And for relatives not to be notified there is a problem and let them fix it first is also very troubling.

There are many probate practices that simply have to be done fairer and with more justice.

Let’s hope the Michigan Attorney General does something to protect the public from these vultures, although I wonder about the chances of that happening since significant numbers of the poor in Michigan are still left with brown drinking water that has not been fixed for years. That should be a crime too.

JoAnne

From FB (CKF)-Guardianship is ripe for Reform, Editorial

Editorial: Guardianship secrecy in NM is ripe for reform

the original post can be found here  https://www.abqjournal.com/1007274/guardianship-secrecy-in-nm-is-ripe-for-reform.html?utm_source=email-a-story&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=email-a-story

There is no shortage of things that need to be fixed in New Mexico’s system of guardianships and conservatorships for people who are declared incapacitated, but without question the excessive secrecy that shrouds the system ranks high on the list.  So critics can take some comfort in the fact that a commission appointed by the state Supreme Court to review the system and recommend changes has honed in on the lack of transparency as one of the key issues.Retired state District Judge Wendy York, who was appointed to chair the commission, says it is one of the recurrent themes presented during the commission’s first two public meetings. “We are hearing about notice of court hearings, involvement of family members and what is the appropriate line to draw between complete access to information and privacy.”

And it isn’t just aggrieved family members who have complained they are shut out of the information loop at the whim of for-profit, court-appointed guardians and conservators who take control of their loved one and his or her assets. Attorney Brian Vogler told the commission during its May 13 meeting that the secrecy of the process raises “due process concerns.” Vogler says his client needed to get some information from his guardian but the guardian declined to provide it. “It seems there needs to be a window in to see how the court is proceeding,” he said. After the meeting he said his inability to see how judges behave or have behaved in the past prevented him from learning information he needed and he wanted to speak to the commission to provide a perspective that the secrecy “doesn’t just impact families.”

And that secrecy is a thick blanket, with family members and others saying that in addition to difficulty getting information, they have been threatened with fines and penalties for revealing matters they learned in their own cases.

In theory, only a docket sheet in a guardianship case is considered a public record. But many clerks don’t know the law. The docket sheets have not been posted online, as they are supposed to be, and in a recent case a printed copy of a docket sheet obtained by the Journal had a questionable redaction by district court personnel – the name of a paid medical professional.

And as a practical matter, there isn’t even a simple provision that requires guardians, conservators and other for-profit professionals to adhere to fee schedules to keep costs to estates low. The fees are reviewed “ad hoc” – meaning at the judge’s discretion and measured against an unknown standard.

As for the commission itself, it has taken the troubling position that people who testify or submit material by email cannot use names and if they do so in written communications those communications will be returned. While the commission and the judicial system isn’t equipped and shouldn’t be expected to “redo” past cases, this procedure could be interpreted as not wanting to know if bad apples are playing the system. Wouldn’t it be useful if patterns emerged? Patterns that could be forwarded to the appropriate disciplinary boards? Perhaps there is a middle ground on this issue.

But there is no wisdom in throwing out the good and holding out for perfect. Other states have taken on the hard work of reforming the guardianship system, and identifying secrecy as a reform topic is right on point. This commission is doing important work at the Supreme Court’s direction and under York’s leadership.

This editorial first appeared in the Albuquerque Journal. It was written by members of the editorial board and is unsigned as it represents the opinion of the newspaper rather than the writers.

From Karen Federighi–Listen to her story 5/26 at 10 pm EST

As many of you know, Karen Federighi is a smart nurse with advanced degrees and who was teaching CNE (Continuing Nursing Eduction) and working 2 jobs when a greedy relative produced some bogus reports and in under an hour, she was declared incompetent by the State of Florida.  No one would do anything to help her and the State “professional” guardian took all her ID’s, her bank accounts, all her personal belonging and her home, and kept her in a hotel.  The reason? She is due an inheritance. So Karen escaped to another country. She posts nearly every day on Facebook and if you think she is incompetent, then you’re for sure ready for a real guardianship.

She has been struggling every day to get out of the guardianship. But none of the lawyers, the judges and of course the “professional” guardian will let her, so she just escaped to another country where she is fighting the guardianship from there and hoping one day soon it will be dismissed, and she can go back to her work as a nurse and educator for CNE.  She had to leave because she knew the next step was a police arrest and a locked down nursing home on psychotropic drugs where they would kill her next as soon as the inheritance was paid.

What a sad story, but she is surviving and posting every day on FB, but the lawyers and judges ignore her pleas.

Joanne

 

05-26-2017 @ 10:00 PM EST.
Kerri Kasem and Kathleen Wright-Brawn, of Kasem Cares Foundation share information about their personal stuggles with being isolated from their loved ones and the mission of Kasem Cares Organization.

The interviews will air on Pastor Ernie Sanders program “What’s Right, What’s Left”. Pastor Sanders will be contacting Perry County officials and attorneys to defend serious accusations of corruption brought by John McTernan and John Holman against them. We want you to hear on the radio why Perry County, attorneys, the legal system and law enforcement are protecting the abusers of the elderly.

The interviews will expose corruption throughtout the United States by elected officials and unethical professionals to deny the elderly their civil rights, isolate them from family and rob them of their assets.

The interviews will be broadcast May 18, 19, 23, 24, 25 and 26.

You can listen on The Word 1220 AM in Cleveland or on Faithtalk FM 92.7, AM 1500 in Detroit or on the Internet via both stations. The program is also broadcast on TUNEIN radio app for cell phone. The show is broadcast
EST 10 PM-12 Midnight Mon-Fri
EST 9 PM-10 PM Sundays.
The shows broadcast can be listened to by phone 1-701-719-3438 when prompted press 2.

Listeners will be invited to call in and comment.
The call in number will be given on the air during the broadcast.

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05-23
10:00 PM EST
Karen Ferderighi
Karen’s story sounds like someone escaping Nazism. She is being hunted like an animal and forced into hiding to escape a court ordered guardianship.

05-24
10:00 PM EST
Mary Bush and John Holman
Will expose the lawlessness in Chester County regarding her mothers court ordered guardian.
This is a shocker!

05-25
10:00 PM EST
John McTernan and John Holman
Listen as McTernan who was lead federal criminal investigator in Harrisburg, Pa for the Treasury department lays out his report of investigation with overwhelming evidence of official corruption by Perry County, PA elected officials, law enforcement and attorneys who have conspired to destory the elderly’s rights and make them prisoners in Kinkora Pythian nursing home!

05-26-2017 @ 10:00 PM EST.
Kerri Kasem and Kathleen Wright-Brawn, of Kasem Cares Foundation share information about their personal stuggles with being isolated from their loved ones and the mission of Kasem Cares Organization.
After listening I know you will want to sign on with Kasem Cares to stop elder abuse!

From NASGA–Univ. of Cal. study says, the more you hang out with Mom, the longer she’ll live.

http://nasga-stopguardianabuse.blogspot.com/2017/05/study-shows-more-you-hang-out-with-your.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+blogspot%2FURWOK+%28National+Association+to+Stop+Guardian+Abuse%29

Study Shows the More You Hang Out With Your Mom, the Longer She’ll Live

Inviting Grandma over for dinner may actually extend her life — and increase its quality — a new study shows.

Researchers at the University of California, San Francisco found that loneliness plays a large role in the decline so often associated with old age. The study followed 1,600 adults, with an average age of 71 — despite controlling for socioeconomic status and health, the lonely consistently held higher mortality rates. Nearly 23% of lonely participants died within six years of the study, as opposed to only 14% of those that reported adequate companionship.

“The need we’ve had our entire lives — people who know us, value us, who bring us joy — that never goes away,” Barbara Moscowitz, senior geriatric social worker at Massachusetts General Hospital, explained to The New York Times.

The elderly place great value in those relationships, so much so that they often overlook a great deal more than their children or even their grandchildren do. It comes down to important relational skills, Rosemary Blieszner, a professor of human development at Virginia Tech, told The New York Times — skills that our grandparents have had a lifetime to hone.

“They’re pretty tolerant of friends’ imperfections and idiosyncrasies, more than young adults,” she said. “You bring a lot more experience to your friendships when you’re older. You know what’s worth fighting about and not worth fighting about.”

Beyond inviting our older relatives and friends into our homes, it’s important to encourage elderly relationships — which is why, despite popular belief, older folks tend to thrive in independent or assisted living environments. These living arrangements provide more ways to mingle, to connect, to thrive.

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Study Shows the More You Hang Out With Your Mom, the Longer She’ll Live

From FB–Gov Quinn signs bill that eliminates Limitations period for sexual abuse survivors!

I know that for too many of you, sexual abuse as a child just killed off a part of you that will never heal.  Far too many people in power have hurt innocent young children and gotten away with it, but at least this is hope for the future:

http://www.chicagocac.org/gov-quinn-signs-law-to-remove-statute-of-limitations-for-child-sexual-abuse-ensuring-survivors-no-longer-run-out-of-time-to-seek-justice/

Gov. Quinn signs law to remove statute of limitations for child sexual abuse, ensuring survivors no longer run out of time to seek justice

Press Release | August 8, 2013

This afternoon, Governor Quinn signed a bill into law that eliminates the criminal statute of limitations for sex offenses that occurred when the victim was under 18 years old. The legislation is a significant victory for victims and survivors of child sexual abuse, many of whom take years to disclose the abuse.

“We are deeply grateful to the legislators who championed this change, which helps ensure that justice is possible for all victims of child sexual abuse,” said Char Rivette, executive director of Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center. “Moving forward, no survivor will finally gather the courage to report abuse, only to be told it’s too late to do anything.”

The majority of child abuse victims – 96 percent those served at ChicagoCAC – are abused by someone they know personally, such as a parent, close relative, family friend or other caregiver. Perpetrators’ familiarity with victims, as well as their additional manipulative tactics, are often among the factors that make it difficult for children to disclose the abuse.

“This bill sends an important message to the people of Illinois: survivors of sexual abuse need not be silent,” said Governor Quinn. “It’s imperative that we support justice for victims and keep kids safe by charging and prosecuting offenders.”

The bill removes the statute of limitations for child sex abuse that occurs on or after January 1, 2014. The legislation is not retroactive; survivors are subject to the law that was in place at the time of their abuse. Similar legislation, Senate Bill 1399, also passed this session, removing the civil statute of limitations for sex offenses that occurred when the victim was under 18 years old.

In addition to ChicagoCAC, proponents of the legislation included Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault, Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation, Children’s Advocacy Centers of Illinois, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) and other victim advocacy organizations.

From Joanne;

I am for biartisan laws that protect all of us, so thank you very much for this law!

From Gloria Sykes–Michigan changes to elder abuse law makes it easier to charge a perp

http://www.macombdaily.com/government-and-politics/20170111/amendment-makes-it-easier-to-charge-vulnerable-adult-abuse

Detroit is a hot bed of guardianship corruption with Mary Rowan handling over 100 cases, forcing the elderly into locked down nursing homes and drugging them and forcing the sale of their homes. Will she be charged with this?

And remember, Flint Mich. still hasn’t cleaned up their deadly water, so I wonder what’s up with this.  Only Mich. politicians could be worse than Illinois, purposefully poisoning the population–men, women, children, the elderly, and nothing is done about it.

 

From the Michigan Paper —

A bill originally sponsored by a local assistant prosecutor makes it easier for prosecutors to charge someone with abusing a vulnerable adult without noticeable injury.

Public Act 480 of 2016, signed into law last week by Gov. Rick Snyder, says a person can be charged if he or she intentionally commits an act that poses an unreasonable risk, harm or injury to a vulnerable adult, regardless of whether physical harm results. Previously, physical injury had to be shown.

The change affects fourth-degree vulnerable adult abuse, a misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail.

Derek Miller, a former Democratic state representative from Warren, introduced the bill after he worked several years an assistant prosecutor in Macomb County and before he was appointed county treasurer in January 2016. He lost the treasurer’s post in the November election to Republican Larry Rocca and was rehired recently by county Prosecutor Eric Smith.

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Miller previously prosecuted vulnerable-adult cases as a member of Smith’s Senior Crime Unit along with former assistant prosecutor Suzanne Faunce, who is now a district court judge in Warren. Both of them said they got frustrated with learning about certain types of abuse but being unable to prosecute the offender.

“One of the things that I got frustrated was attempting to prosecute a case in which a vulnerable adult was tied up or bound to a bed or laying in their own feces or urine … because the vulnerable adult statute didn’t provide any way to prosecute folks if there wasn’t physical harm,” he said. “The act is egregious enough that it is deserving of a criminal charge.”

Miller said a vulnerable adult must be treated civilly even if it is difficult because the person is suffering from dementia.

“They (vulnerable adults) are still human beings,” he said. “(Offenders) need to be held accountable.”

State Rep. John Chirkun, D-Roseville, took over shepherding the bill to passage after Miller left his state post. Chirkun worked 29 years for the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office.

“As a former law enforcement officer, I know what can happen when a caregiver fails a vulnerable adult,” Chirkun said. “We need to be aware of abuse that leaves no physical signs because it is just as damaging and harmful to the victim.”