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Bill on Guardianship Abuse Goes to Trump—But What Does it Actually Fix?

By Janet Phelan

Senate Bill 178, The Robert Matava Elder Abuse Prosecution Act of 2017, has upheld both the Senate and House and has left to the President for signing into law. The Bill contains supplies on mixed issues involving abuse of older people, including telemarketing scams and elders jailed in unfamiliar countries.

The Bill also takes a gash at addressing safekeeping abuse, which has now turn prevalent in the US. This arrange of elder abuse, however, involves mixed levels of supervision officials, including judges, officers of the court, non-responsive APS and police agencies, as good as already documented complicity by the very Department of Justice which is now mandated with questioning these crimes.

Guardianships are generally instituted by justice record when a family member or others make allegations that an particular is lacking ability to hoop his or her own affairs. Upon the appointment of a guardian, the purported incapacitated person loses the lion’s share of his rights, including even the right to sinecure his own profession to competition the guardianship. In addition, his resources are eliminated to the caring and management of the guardian, who will also now make personal decisions for the ward, including possibly or not he can see his own family, where he will live, what arrange of medical caring he will accept and more.

Guardianships are income intensive. It is estimated that 1.5 million adults in the US are under a guardianship, with resources between $50 and $300 billion having been eliminated to the guardian.


The Bill requires at slightest one partner profession ubiquitous to be allocated to any sovereign legal district to examine reports of indiscretion by guardians. The Bill also mandates training a organisation of FBI agents to examine crimes by guardians and sets up a “Elder Abuse Czar” to manage these new provisions.


However, the Bill ignores the vivid reality that guardians must report their actions and comment for the ward’s supports to the court. Judges frequently approve accountings that don’t supplement up and also accountings that are clearly fraudulently enriching the defender and attorneys at the responsibility of the life assets of the ward.

And judges do distant worse than accommodate theft.

When California defender Melodie Scott motionless to secrete life-saving antibiotics from Elizabeth Fairbanks, who had come down with pneumonia, this decision resulted in Fairbanks’ death. San Bernardino Probate Court judge Mike Welch authorized this decision by Scott but so much as blank a beat. Recently, Scott’s permit to use as a defender (professional fiduciary license) was revoked by the State of California in a State bureau of Administrative Hearings Court.

About 10 years had upheld given Scott pulled the block on Elizabeth Fairbanks. Dozens of other controversial deaths have been purported to have taken place on Scott’s watch, including that of Lawrence Yetzer, Stevie Price, D’Wayne Cory and Frank Bellue, to name but a few. The stream San Bernardino Probate Court judge, Kyle S. Brodie, however, continues to designate Scott to new cases. Nothing in Senate Bill 178 remotely addresses the complicity of Probate Court judges in safekeeping abuse, possibly earthy or financial.

Recent investigations have lifted critical questions as to possibly these judges are being paid off under the table.  The weird and untruthful response by the Department of Justice central Marve Williams, reported in the Vegas essay related above, should lift alarm. This is the same Department of Justice that is going to residence crimes of safekeeping abuse, according to Senate Bill 178.

While the Congress should be congratulated for finally attempting to residence the issue of safekeeping abuse, the Bill sent to Trump is a no-show. It fails to residence the systemic inlet of safekeeping abuse and, once again, gives far-reaching swath to the people who are truly obliged for the abuse. A black dress and a law grade are apparently still the best insurance that income can buy, even against charge for the crimes of piracy and murder.

Janet Phelan is an inquisitive publisher and author of the groundbreaking exposé, EXILE. Her articles formerly seemed in such mainstream venues as the Los Angeles Times, Orange Coast Magazine, Long Beach Press Telegram, etc. In 2004, Janet “jumped ship” and now exclusively writes for eccentric media. She is also the author of two collections of poetry—The Hitler Poems and Held Captive. She resides abroad.

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