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Saturday, October 07, 2017

Rachel Aviv, New Yorker: Julie Belshe had thought her parents had been kidnapped: Their house in Clark County, Nevada, was locked and dark, and they didn't answer their phone for days. She discovered they had been removed from their home and taken to an assisted living facility, their possessions were sold and their money confiscated. It wasn't a mistake. It was the law.

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Guardianship derives from the state's parens patriae power, its duty to act as a parent for those considered too vulnerable to care for themselves. ...

In the United States, a million and a half adults are under the care of guardians, either family members or professionals, who control some $273 billion dollars in assets, according to an auditor for the guardianship fraud program in Palm Beach County. Little is known about the outcome of these arrangements, because states do not keep complete figures on guardianship cases -- statutes vary widely -- and, in most jurisdictions, the court records are sealed. A Government Accountability report from 2010 said, "We could not locate a single Web site, federal agency, state or local entity, or any other organization that compiles comprehensive information on this issue." A study published this year by the American Bar Association found that "an unknown number of adults languish under guardianship" when they no longer need it, or never did. The authors wrote that "guardianship is generally "permanent, leaving no way out -- 'until death do us part.' "

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very scary

#1 | Posted by PunchyPossum at 2017-10-07 12:43 AM | Reply

We had to do this to our mother to prevent her from ending up homeless. She was sending all her income and savings to con-artists all over the world, Jamaica, Canada, New York, the Netherlands. She is bitter about it and has consistently refused to co-operate with postal and FBI authorities. This required two Court hearings and testimony from expert witnesses. But, to be able to do this behind a families back is mind boggling and should be illegal. Similar to declaring women insane and locking them in a sanatorium for life, a common practice in the fifties and earlier.

#2 | Posted by bayviking at 2017-10-07 12:56 PM | Reply

A very frightening possibility that illustrates the greed and inhumanity that some Americans would use to take advantage of the helpless. I openly pray for the demise of these scumbags.

#3 | Posted by danni at 2017-10-07 01:09 PM | Reply

That's one reason we both retired early and spending it, before doctors, insurance co's. and lawyers get it.

#4 | Posted by bat4255 at 2017-10-07 01:39 PM | Reply

First take away their guns,

then take away their money,

put them in a fancy jail cell,

and let the taxpayers pay for it all...

It's the natural order of things... the strong eat the weak...

Darwin would be proud but they put him in a rest home.

#5 | Posted by Pegasus at 2017-10-07 03:26 PM | Reply

"First take away their guns"

LOL

#6 | Posted by snoofy at 2017-10-07 03:34 PM | Reply

"First take away their guns"

LOL

LOL @UR LOL

Folks 50 years and up make up most of the customers at gun shops - they also make up the membership of the NRA.

Sounds like ur a youngster

There will come a point in ur life when you will notice that society will stop looking at u as a citizen/taxpayer and more as a potential victim. An easy mark.

Like the Democrats in this article who thought they were safe in their own homes.

#7 | Posted by Pegasus at 2017-10-08 12:26 AM | Reply

"Like the Democrats in this article who thought they were safe in their own homes."

You're saying a gun would have prevented them losing their home?

How's that work?

#8 | Posted by snoofy at 2017-10-08 01:09 AM | Reply

Youngster, huh?
I'm the same age as Marco Rubio.
I guess you're right about that. ;)

#9 | Posted by snoofy at 2017-10-08 01:18 AM | Reply

One of the hardest things I had to do was help put my grandma in a retirement home.

She almost burned her own house down and 72 hours later she was in a safe place.

#10 | Posted by Tor at 2017-10-08 07:40 PM | Reply

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Next thing you know they're going to take away their bump stocks...specifically referencing how in 2010, Texas-based Slide Fire pitched the device to federal regulators as a new way to assist people with disabilities to "bump fire" from an AR-15-type rifle.

www.cnn.com

#11 | Posted by tontonmacoute at 2017-10-08 08:05 PM | Reply

Youngster, huh?
I'm the same age as Marco Rubio.
I guess you're right about that. ;)

#9 | POSTED BY SNOOFY AT 2017-10-08 01:18 AM | FLAG: LOL, now whenever you post something I'll think of your 'relationship' to Rubio ;)

#12 | Posted by MSgt at 2017-10-08 09:24 PM | Reply

She almost burned her own house down and 72 hours later she was in a safe place.

#10 | POSTED BY TOR

I'm not being flip about this, but what if she wanted to burn down the house?

Years ago, my father-in-law was very very ill. he couldn't even walk to the bathroom with stopping to catch his breathe. He was a short time from death, and his wife left me to sit with him while she went to make arrangements. Now, this guy, his whole life he was a tinkerer. He loved tinkering. While she was gone, he asked me if i would go out to the garage and get a clock he had been working on and some tools, so i did. He worked himself into a bad state working on that clock.

She came back and snatched it all away, and when he was put to bed, started screaming at me. I told her to go F herself, that he was still a man, and if he wanted to kill himself working on a stupid clock, then it was my obligation to help him.

Most people that want to 'protect someone from themselves' really has some ulterior motive.

#13 | Posted by kudzu at 2017-10-09 07:18 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

As a newly-arrived old, I have noticed many olds lose contact with other people as their friends die off or lose their marbles. Lonely people may act in ways that are illy received by younger people. You'll have to trust me on this; but the olds know what they're about.

#14 | Posted by john47 at 2017-10-09 09:12 AM | Reply

--You'll have to trust me on this; but the olds know what they're about.

I know what you're talking about. My recently deceased father had dementia for years, and was alone for 20 years because my mother died of cancer relatively young.

#15 | Posted by nullifidian at 2017-10-09 09:16 AM | Reply

When it comes to authoritarianism, no one does it better than libs:

"California health care workers who "willfully and repeatedly" decline to use a senior transgender patient's "preferred name or pronouns" could face punishments ranging from a fine to jail time under a newly signed law."

#16 | Posted by MSgt at 2017-10-09 03:30 PM | Reply

That there is even a law for that is because of people who refuse to call Chelsea Manning "she."

That's fine if you don't want to do that, but when you work for Chelsea Manning, you get to call Chelsea Manning what she wants you to call her.]

And ---- how stupid you are if you think otherwise, MSgt.

#17 | Posted by snoofy at 2017-10-09 03:31 PM | Reply

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