Better News from the Michigan Adovocacy Project–Dr. C is Freed from an abusive guardianship!
But don’t get too excited, I understand the ward came in for a 6 month report, and it was pre-arranged to terminate the guardianship. Further, the ward asked for, and was given his own attorney who could negotiate a deal. Mary has several written notes that she wants a private attorney and to go home, but all those have been ignored by Judges Stuart and Connors. At one time, GAL Farenga was concerned about jurisdiction, (I have the fax page), but no longer. She won’t join in the other daughter’s petition to dismiss the guardianship for lack of jurisdiction.
Still no reports of a guardianship terminated on the facts, with the GAL objecting not because the ward was competent and could handle her own affairs OR because the guardianship did not meet notice/due process standards–we are all waiting for a brave attorney to do that case. Also ripe for a case is a class action wherein all probate court records will be checked for notice to relatives in Illinois and guardianships revoked and attys fees refunded! I’m waiting for that one.
Article on James F. Chism’s guardianship
Subject: Macomb County Guardianship – Revoked
Retired chiropractor returns to being a free man
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When the Court’s function properly the rights of senior citizens are protected; however, there are too many cases – such as Sykes, Gore, Tyler, Wyman et al in Illinois – in which the exploitation of the elderly is obvious and no one is interested in even investigating the outrageous conduct that is the hallmark of the protest. How can an abusive estranged husband be appointed as a guardian of his wife (Wyman)? How can a mentally ill grandchild – herself lacking competency – be appointed as a guardian (Gore)? How can a daughter who the alleged incompetent is seeking an order of protection be appointed plenary guardian (Sykes)? How can a a common thread of large sums of money not being part of the inventory be ignored?
In Illinois we have a comprehensive legislative procedure to protect the elderly from miscreants using the courts to separate a senior from his/her liberty, property, civil rights and human rights. As illustrated by Sykes the entire procedure was and three years later is ignored. Indeed, it is unethical (according the ARDC) to complain. [This letter may generate another ARDC complaint against me even though it is clearly protected by the First Amendment to the United STates Constitution).
What we ‘seniors’ need is for an honest, complete, and comprehensive investigation of this guardianship situation and if it is determined that guardianship is a ruse to under color of statute for miscreants to deprive seniors of their liberty, their property, civil rights and human rights as I am many others have charged the miscreants should suffer the full weight of the law.
I use the word we as it occurred to me that I am a year older than Dr. C. I use the word we because it appears if the procedure that was followed in the Sykes case is the rule rather than the exception, watch out Mr. Romney and Mr. Obama – there are at least two doctors who have a reputation of finding everyone that they examine incompetent! Read the August 2009 and August 2010 transcript and the Judge clearly illustrates how we treat these serious cases.