Now to start off with, I can’t believe that in the Janie Thomas Estate case, the judge actually preferred to hand over this woman to have a guardian that has more complaints than Doans has pills, and yes, Doans pharmaceuticals made a lot of pills in its hey day. I was told during a 5 day grueling trial there were no other options. Really? A government agency–with a ton of ton of serious complaints against it? I for one would like to know how they can lose track of ward for months, but still bill the estate for “social services” (LB estate), how they can tell wards they have to live in locked down facilities or they will get no food or housing money, etc. And when they drain the estate, they withdraw from the case, leaving the ward homeless and penniless. It’s not their fault, right? Got that. I wouldn’t even do that to a pet rock, but apparently some bureaucrats think it’s okay to treat the elderly of the State of Illinoi that way.
But nevermind, that’s exactly what the new judge in 1804 recently did. New judge, same as the old judge. So, is it in the water, or is it in the leather chair the judge sits in. I’m just wondering.
And of course, you can say on this blog, but Ms. Joanne, you’re being so unfair, those judges are so smart, they are doing their best, they don’t want to harm an old debilitated senior citizen. They have law degrees, 8 to 10 years of college. They say they care.
Right. I submit they know exactly what they are doing, there are agreements made far in advance, and no one–not a judge or probate attorney will deny that the following insulting and illegal policy isn’t their official policy when they take over a case.
My only question is, they know who I am and what I do. Do they think that I would not publish this? And how many of you probate victims have not suffered under such an unfair and clearly illegal policy, but because it was issued by “THE GOVERNMENT”, they get away with it. Left and right.
is absolutely inexcusable. Many of you have been through this. People work 9 to 5 weekdays. But these people are excluded. Hours are limited. Federal laws say elders must not be isolated–meaning if Janie wanted to see her family and the family wanted to see her, that HAS to happen.
So what was Janie and her devoted sister doing before all of this? Each Sunday with family, going to church, going out to dinner. Janie months earlier would go to meditation classes, out to eat with family and friends, heck, she even did line dancing.
What is the policy of the OPG and their nursing home friends? No going out–ever. You read it here. In the case of Ms. KS of Rockford, until I complained in court, that woman had not see the light of day for 2 and a half years! The OPG did not care. When the son complained he was either sushed up or ignored in court. You have to get a lawyer to get a couple hours of sunshine under our wonderful OPG system.
But the courts hand off seniors who can get far better care from family members on a regular basis to the OPG–an agency with tons of wards, tons of cases, they see the wards maybe once or twice a year — or never. They bill for services never received and they drain estates. We were all told in court there was no option to settle because the court had no option besides the OPG. In a country of this size, a state of this size, a county of this size–no other option than to isolate, bad this woman from her church, family and friends, and never let her go outside ever again. Please. If there really is no option, then something is seriously wrong. We need to take the profit motive out of guardianships and make them pro bono, that’s all.
Not so with the Illinois OPG. They don’t want complaints. They do not want to be sued for abuse. So they artifically limit hours.
I sent an email to the OPG protesting this illegal policy, without response.
I hope you all will leave your comments and requests to post.
This abuse has to stop. Family members have a right to see their loved ones during visiting hours the nursing home sets–not the State of Illinois.
If Janie were broke, no one would care. But she has money. So the OPG issues this policy.
But the real question is, do we need this type of government intrusion into our families? To keep us from our loved ones as often and frequent as possible, until they lose all hope, become despondent and die.
I am sorely disappointed.