Plaintiff Jason Hanson and attorney Jacob Hafter in court, Oct. 31, 2017 (Photo by Steve Miller)
LAS VEGAS – For the second time in two weeks, attorneys for ddefendants in a Breach of Fiduciary Duty lawsuit brought by 28 year old cerebral palsy victim Jason Hanson, tried to convince the court that Hanson was in full control of guardianship hearings in 2007, therefore he is time barred from suing their clients.
Steven J. Parsons, attorney for embattled private guardian Jared Shafer, tried to convince Clark County District Judge Tierra Jones that Hanson, in 2007, upon reaching his 18th birthday, took charge of Guardianship Commissioner Jon Norheim’s court, and from that point forward controlled his own destiny, a destiny that allegedly cost Hanson his entire inheritance at the hands of court appointed guardians, trustees, and attorneys that Hanson believes bled over a quarter of a million dollars of his inheritance in unnecessary fees and costs.
Based on today’s testimony, it appears that the defendant’s main defense is that the statute of limitations ran out in 2009, and Hanson himself shirked his responsibility to personally file lawsuits against his court appointed caretakers in a timely manner.
However, had Hanson been aware of the draining of his estate, and was able to afford to hire an attorney after reaching the age of maturity in 2007, he would have had to sue his court appointed guardians, trustees, and attorneys whom he relied upon for his well being under an unneeded guardianship that lasted until 2015.
Jacob Hafter, Hanson’s attorney, argued that it took his client over six years to come to the realization that he had been ripped off, and only learned of his missing Special Needs Trust proceeds, and the missing proceeds from the under market value sale of his father’s condominium after attending a 2016 meeting of the Nevada Supreme Court Guardianship Commission at which time he was able to publicly confront one of his court appointed trustees, attorney Elyse Tyrell, who was serving on the Commission, and demand for the first time that she reveal where his missing funds were?
Judge Jones carefully listened to the back and forth between opposing attorneys and ruled that an evidentiary hearing is needed to determine Hanson’s ability to comprehend and act upon information he received while attending numerous Clark County Family Court hearings between 2007 and 2015 relating to his guardianship.
Hafter informed the Judge that, during that time, Hanson twice requested, and was refused, a court appointed attorney, and therefore was obviously not in control of his ability to file a lawsuit within a two year statute of limitations as Parsons suggested:
Attorney Hafter stated that his client’s physical condition prohibits him from being able to write legal papers.
In March 2017, Commissioner Norheim testified before a Grand Jury that he always provides free counsel to litigants in guardianship cases, but he somehow neglected to provide such service to Hanson.
In his Grand Jury testimony, Norheim was asked if his court appoints free attorneys to wards of the court who request one?
“They have a right to an attorney under statute. The problem is that it’s an unfunded statutory requirement so there’s no actual attorneys to appoint for free. Now if you can afford an attorney, great, no problem, but if you can’t, we typically, I believe we got every single person who walked in and requested an attorney, we managed to somehow get an attorney for.”
Shafer’s attorney asked the judge if she would allow Hanson to be deposed regarding his ability to participate in the hearings subsequent to his 18th birthday? Judge Jones ruled that “time consuming, expensive” depositions were not necessary as long as she was provided videos of Hanson’s participation in the Family Court hearings in order to prove one way or the other whether he was able to file his own lawsuit against his alleged exploiters within the statute of limitations purported by defendant’s attorneys.
Judge Jones scheduled an evidentuary hearing for 9:30 AM, December 21, 2017 in Dept 10.  Jones’ courtroom “B” is located on the 14th floor of the Clark County Regional Justice Center, 200 Lewis Ave. in downtown Las Vegas, and Hanson’s next hearing is open to the public.

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