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GUARDIANS TAKE TOTAL CONTROL: ISOLATE, MEDICATE, LIQUIDATE: The Tragic End of Marvin Siegel’s Life

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FROM OUR APRIL 1, 2019 PRINTED EDITION:

by Lonnie Brennan

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“They killed him,” Marvin Siegel’s daughter Lisa Siegel Belanger wrote in a text. She followed up to explain that six years of round-the-clock captivity in his own home and in various medical facilities, together with forced drugging and morphine, lack of proper care and the ability for his family to interact with him and help with decisions, accelerated her father’s death.

As we previously reported in this paper through a multi-part series of articles, including a personal account by Lisa, six years ago her father was taken from his Boxford, Mass. home via ambulance at the direction of a visiting nurse, and  was shortly thereafter placed in a psychiatric facility, forced on drugs, and then, while in the facility, signed over control of his estate to what Lisa detailed as predatory lawyers. That list of “predators” is long, and despite many trips to court to fight them, the lawyers continued to prevail.

Yes, Sometimes It IS All About the Money

At the time of his taking, Mr. Siegel’s known assets exceeded $6 million. During the past six years, attorneys drew off more than $4 million in what they termed as caring for the senior. A large chunk of that money was spent on round-the-clock home health care. But the numbers included more, much more.

Indeed, a review of the finances showed certain attorneys drawing tens of thousands of dollars and more, quarterly from the estate, with some racking up more than $200,000 in billing, and at attorney rates over a wide range, including some at more than $450 per hour.

For their fees they answered e-mails from one another, paid Mr. Siegel’s bills, ensured that he had his trash removed, the utilities bills paid, grass mowed, repairs made, and all the normal things to keep a household going.

With the signing over of his estate, Mr. Siegel lost all control and was appointed a guardian and other lawyers who managed his affairs. He was force-drugged without his knowledge to keep him complacent, and he began a long, slow decline, according to multiple court documents and written and oral testimony and writings by some of his family members. More

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TS Radio Network: Whistleblower’s! Montgomery County Pennsylvania Exploiting the Elderly #1

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The Silver Standard: Is That Really What You Voted For?

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Finally! News you can use for seniors!

From the Editor’s Desk

 

In most states, if a son, a daughter, or a caretaker:

locks Mom up in her bedroom, blocks her access to the telephone, withholds her personal mail, and refuses to allow her to see her friends and members of her family, that’s a crime, and the perpetrator(s) may be criminally charged, tried, and convicted of elder abuse. But, if Mom is under guardianship, and her guardian forces her into a nursing home against her will and the will of her family, denies Mom a phone, and isolates her from her friends, family, and loved ones, that’s considered “care.”

Guardians currently have the power to isolate the very people whose lives they are supposed to be caring for and protecting. They can do this without the knowledge of the court and without having to justify their actions. In fact, isolation provides an effective and commonly used weapon to wield against any family member who complains about a guardian or the guardian’s decisions.

When a professional or private guardian abuses a person under his or her control, defining it as “protection,” that guardian is immune or quasi-immune from prosecution.

Much to their credit, every member of both the Rhode Island Senate and House of Representatives voted yea to the NASGA~Falk Coalition bill criminalizing wrongful isolation and expanding the definition of “caretaker” to include court-appointed guardians and conservators as well as attorney-in-fact.  This was an absolutely huge step forward in the protection of Rhode Island’s current and future senior population, which is the 11th highest in the country at 16.8 % of their total population.

The bill then went to the desk of Governor Gina M. Raimondo, who after some tweeting in her ear by some of her favored “special interest” birdies, chose to veto the bill.

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TS Radio Network: California Update with Linda Kincaid of CEDAR, Legislation, Research, and Media Coverage of Elder Abuse

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California Update with Linda Kincaid of CEDAR:

Legislation, Research, and Media Coverage of Elder Abuse

It was an eventful week in California. Our guest is Linda Kincaid of the Coalition for Elder & Disability Rights (CEDAR). Linda will bring us up to date on:

1. Groundbreaking legislation in California,

2. Research from UCLA School of Law, and

3. Media coverage of predatory conservatorship (guardianship) in California.

Part 1: California Senate Bill 1191 Mandates Improved Law Enforcement Policies

On September 18, Governor Brown signed Senate Bill 1911. For the first time in any state, law enforcement elder abuse policies will be required to inform officers that elder abuse is a crime, not a civil matter. Senator Hueso’s fact sheet on SB 1191 explained:

Senate Bill 1191 mandates that all law enforcement jurisdictions in the State of California have policies and training manuals that contain and include reference to existing elder and dependent adult abuse laws. This would allow officers to properly identify instances of elder and dependent adult abuse crimes. This issue arises as a result of the frequent outsourcing of the task of writing officer training manuals to private organizations such as Lexipol, who are contracted by law enforcement to draft training policies and manuals. (Emphasis added)

Here is the full text of SB 1191. https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billTextClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180SB1191

Part 2: Lexipol The Privatization of Police Policymaking UCLA School of Law – Article by Ingrid V. Eagly and Joanna C. Schwartz

UCLA School of Law found that Lexipol law enforcement policies focus on protecting police departments from law suits, rather than instructing officers to protect the public. The authors stated:

In California, where Lexipol was founded, as many as 95% of law enforcement agencies now rely on Lexipol’s policy manual. … However, reliance on this private entity to establish standards for public policing also raises several concerns arising from its for-profit business model, focus on liability risk management, and lack of transparency or democratic participation. (Emphasis added)

Here is the full text of the article. https://texaslawreview.org/lexipol/

Part 3: Money-draining probate system ‘like a plague on our senior citizens’

Orange County Register – Special report by Tony Saavedra

Elinor Frerichs has been imprisoned and isolated in a locked dementia facility since 2012. What was Elinor’s crime? A wealthy white woman married a Black man. Linda Kincaid has followed the case since 2014. Kincaid shared her records with investigative reporter Tony Saavedra at the Orange County Register. Saavedra reported:

Love landed Elinor Frerichs in a secured facility for people with dementia.

Twelve days after the death of her husband, 95-year-old Frerichs married a friend 26 years her junior, a man who watched the same TV shows and made her feel “happier than ever.” But shortly after saying “I do,” Frerichs was placed under a court conservatorship at the recommendation of a psychologist and Adult Protective Services. She was hospitalized and her marriage was annulled, partly to shield her estate, estimated at $1 million.

Despite concerns over her mental capacity, Frerichs appeared lucid in a transcript of a rare visit with friends, vowing, “I’m not going to sit there and rot and die in that damn room.”

Read the full story here. https://www.ocregister.com/2018/09/23/money-draining-probate-system-like-a-plague-on-our-senior-citizens/

ARE FAMILIES RESPONSIBLE FOR 90% OF ALL ELDER ABUSE?

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Marcia Southwick ©  9/19/18
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“The false impression out there blaming families and relatives for 90% of elder abuse means that guardians can protect their own paychecks by maligning families in court, which they often do.   It also means that the public is distracted away from looking at the larger entities abusing the elderly right under our noses.”
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Most people believe that elder abuse is all about Granny surrounded by family predators who just want to grab her money and throw her to the wolves. You’ll hear plenty of rumblings claiming that families and people closest to elders are responsible for 90 % of all elder abuse.
The National Care Planning Council is one of many who quote this figure.  The article is titled “ Perpetrators of Elder Abuse are Usually Family Members:” .  Even AARP claims that “ You’d like to think that elder financial abuse is committed mostly by strangers. You’d be wrong. In reality, it’s more likely to come at the hands of family members and caregivers”

Why does everyone blame families?

The latest 2011 study done by MetLife shows that in terms of dollars stolen from elders, families are not the most likely to steal the most dollars:  After examining three months of national news feeds, plus other data, researchers determined that businesses stole $205,243,400; Family members and friends stole $11,515,737, Strangers stole $7,612,513, and Medicaid/Medicare fraud caused the most damage–$306,105,093.)
NAPSA (National Adult Protective Services Association) is another organization that blames families for most of the elder abuse that takes place today.  Their figure again is 90%. .   Adult Protective Services investigates domestic settings.  Since most of us don’t have lawyers or financial advisors living with us at home, my guess is that these culprits have been left out of the equation.

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The War On The Elderly: Legal Capacity vs Mental Capacity

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“Even should these often contrived diagnosis’s have any legitimacy, this is still not a valid, lawful or moral reason for unlawfully denying the victim legal standing. And as no crime has been committed, a mental incapacity should never be used as the excuse to deprive another individual of their right to speak for themselves, to retain their identity and legal standing.”

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If protecting the elderly who might be vulnerable was truly the concern of the unconstitutional probate tribunals, every effort would be made by those hearing examiners or administrative clerks, both who attempt to claim the title of “judge” (as in a court of law”), to preserve and protect the legal standing and legal capacity of the targeted victim. Instead, these pretenders to the bench move immediately to declare the victim as dead in the law. This is referred to as a “statutory civil death”, a legal fiction created now applied to probate, to enable the theft of estate. The loss of legal capacity and standing are considered to be collateral consequences of being convicted of a crime, yet the targeted victim has committed no such crime, other than aging with assets that a professional predator has decided should belong to him/her.

Legal Capacity

Arbitrarily removing your legal standing which is necessary to preserve your rights and protections under the law (not statutes and codes) is the first step to ensure the tribunal sanctioned theft of identity and the ensuing unlawful conversion of real property and liquid assets by the predators who prey on the elderly for profit. Legal standing is necessary to preserve your legal agency (your right to act on behalf of yourself)…your right to exercise your rights and duties as a living, breathing human being. To be recognized in the law as, existing.

Becoming a “ward of the state” and by extension, guardianized, is an unconstitutional theft of your legal capacity and your legal agency.

Mental Capacity

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