Guardianship Abuse - Hijacking the freedom and exploiting the finances of the elderly

by Jane
(IL)

Two of my sisters forced my mother's case into probate 9 years ago. Looks like they were motivated to get as much as they can from my mother's estate (my mother at 96 is alive and well).


The guardians and their attorneys pay themselves from my mother's estate. My mother's properties were pre-distributed some to my sisters and to individuals they chose to receive items. So far the guardianship has spent somewhere between $500,000 and over $1,000,000 from my mother's estate. They claim to care, then still deny my mother a reasonably-sized television and other items like eye glasses (it took the guardianship 10 months to finally approve eyeglasses).

They used a claim of Alzheimer's as an excuse although my mother was slightly forgetful. My mother is vulnerable due to age, having money, and having slight memory loss. My sisters used that against her to gain control of her life and her money. My sisters, the guardians and their attorneys argued against enhancing my mother's quality of life, then paid themselves about $20,000 for that action. The hearing took 3 hours.

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Sounds Like a Swindle to Me
by: Anonymous

The whole point of bringing a person's interests and estate to the legality of guardianship is to protect that vulnerable person from what you have described.

If what you say is entirely true then you should be somehow taking legal counter-actions against your sisters, who are robbing your mom through the guise of being her guardians.

My aunt became guardian of her mom and then promptly cut off my mom from her interests by inventing a bogus excuse. Yet my aunt, the guardian, receives payment from her mom's estate for caregiving duties, even though my aunt is rich and doesn't need the money.

She also has to make annual reports to the Court and uses an attorney, whom she pays considerable money to.

In your case, however, there is definitely something rotten there that shouldn't be ignored.

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