Elder abuse: Part I – Guardianship

Many of you may not be familiar with the guardianship problem, but it’s where unscrupulous people become legal guardians and take over the finances and lives of the frail and elderly. They use a legal loophole to victimize the elderly and even take away the rights of the victim’s family. Guardianship abuse has been much worse here in Nevada because of the corruption that is rampant throughout our legal system.

Click this link https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/10/09/how-the-elderly-lose-their-rights for an in-depth article published October 9, 2017 in the New Yorker, “How the Elderly Lose Their Rights: Guardians can sell the assets and control the lives of senior citizens and make a profit from it” by Rachel Aviv.

For more information about guardianship abuse, visit  http://www.stopguardianabusenv.org/ This website was produced by the Nevada Association to Stop Guardian and Elder Abuse, a non-profit organization dedicated to stopping exploitation and abuse of those in need.

SCA resident, Rana Goodman, the President of the nonprofit, is mentioned in the New Yorker article. Rana deserves our profuse thanks for being such a tireless advocate for these most vulnerable among us. She has successfully gotten some legal changes to allow us to prospectively (before we are of diminished capacity) nominate who we want as our guardian so we can prevent some unscrupulous professional guardian from swooping in and taking over our lives.

It’s tragic to think that this type of abuse can even happen. Legal guardians are supposed to be fiduciaries. They are supposed to protect people who can’t take care of themselves. They are supposed to act solely in the best interest of the client. They are supposed to use the powers they “legally” get over their wards only for the good of the person under their charge, but sadly, and with the support of lawyers and judges, many helpless people have been victimized.

Whenever there is a lot of money involved, there will be those who will scam the system and rip innocent people off, and with unfortunate frequency here in Nevada, there will be judges and attorneys who help them get away with it.

As time goes by, I will show you in my blogs how a similar type of systemic corruption is pervasive within Nevada HOAs, and I’ll show you how it can work unfairly to the advantage of HOA agents, like managers, debt collectors, and attorneys, to rip off HOA owners. I’ll show you how SCA’s former agents essentially stole my late fiance’s house, and I’ll show you how SCA’s current agents are getting the Board’s unwitting blessing to rip SCA owners off in a lot of different ways.

3 thoughts on “Elder abuse: Part I – Guardianship”

  1. When Bella was president I went to her and told her what I learned a couple f private guardians had done to their wards who lived in HOAs. I asked that she tell compliance about this so that it would never happen in our community, but since you have brought this issue up I’d like to post it.

    When a person is in guardianship and especially when they have been removed from their home, their guardian receives all their mail (along with anything else they own) These guardians deliberately didn’t pay HOA dues and eventually, after late notices went out and liens were added to the property, the owner was warned that the house would go to auction if not paid.
    Keep in mind, the owner is not getting the main since the guardian should be paying any bills related to the house. A responsible fiduciary would have leased it out so the income could help pay for the ward’s care.
    The house was then sold at auction for pennies on the dollar (in these cases to people in a relationship with the guardian) then flipped…. I’m sure you can imagine where th $$$ went.
    I told this to Bella and asked that she make sure whoever did collections for SCA do a “well check” on a homeowner who didn’t respond to these past due notices and just make sure they were still in the home. If the home was not occupied a simple phone call to the Clark County Compliance office would confirm if the person was, or was not in guardianship.
    I know it meant giving collections a tad more work to do, but it should come under “looking out for our fellow. Man/woman” as well as being human. I doubt that the policy was ever put in place and that is sad because I would have volunteered to do the 10 minutes of work for them.

  2. Since when would our HOA worry about their “fellow man”??? (unless, of course, the ‘fellow man’ was a member of their cabal)

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