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For corrupt guardianships, it's still déjà vu all over again

For corrupt guardianships, it's still déjà vu all over again

Posted: 2019/06/05

Garden City Park, NY: Being that June is Elder Abuse Awareness Month, we remain shocked to see a TV news report from back in 2001 about the all-too-real phenomenon of court-appointed probate guardianship and its damaging effects upon the elderly and their family members.

Eighteen years later, as observed by Dr. Sam Sugar in his new book Guardianships and the ElderlyThe Perfect Crime  (Square One, $19.95 USD, ISBN: 978-0-7570-0433-9), the corruption at the center of this terrible situation continues to fester and rot in courthouses all over the US.

To see the first part of the segment, titled “Who's Guarding the Guardians,” you can click herethe second part of it can be seen here.

Dr. Sam Sugar, who is also founder and president of American Against Abusive Probate Guardianship (AAAPG), is featured  in the Tablet Magazine article “Guardians from Hell” by reporter Gretchen Rachel Hammond.

Here's what folks have been saying about Guardianships and the Elderly over the past months:

“A powerful voice in senior advocacy sounds the alarm on the guardianship industry’s gross abuses . . . a potent, important call to action for those preparing to assume or actively involved in the estate caretaking of an incapacitated loved one.” Kirkus Reviews

“Enlightens readers about the financial and psychological toll taken on vulnerable elderly people by corrupt court-appointed guardians . . . with the aging of the American population and the concomitant increase in expected guardianships, this is a timely and valuable cri de coeur [passionate appeal].” Publishers Weekly

“Readers who worry about the trustworthiness of court-appointed guardians who are supposed to protect the health, assets, and welfare of a ward will find their fears confirmed . . . this is certainly an informative look at an important yet little-understood subject.” Booklist

“[A] disturbing but very important book.” Grady Harp, AMAZON TOP 100 Reviewer

Guardianships and the Elderly  is available on, or wherever else books are sold.