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    Court appointed guardians loot wealthy old woman dry, court defends decision (txt + vid)

    Just saw this on the news tonight - disgusting
    http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2010/...n7179542.shtml
    To make decisions on her finances and care, the court appointed a guardian - an agency called "The Sun Valley Group."

    First, as Guardian, Sun Valley's owners Peter and Heather Frenette hired themselves to provide Marie's personal care. That way they collected not only guardian fees, but up to $15,000 a month in companion care fees, too.

    Read the GAO report on Guardianships

    When a Sun Valley worker started a fire in Marie's kitchen, Marie was charged for four employees to "confer" about it. The rate? Up to $105 dollars per hour for each worker.

    When another Sun Valley worker locked herself out of Marie's house: $85 dollars an hour for each employee who conferred about that.

    Sun Valley found a dozen ways to charge Marie to get her own weekly petty cash. They charged to prepare the cash, to confer about it, to review the status, to draft a letter to the courier, to call the courier, to pay the courier - you get the idea.

    To send Long and their worker to a Phoenix Suns basketball game, Sun Valley charged over $1,000 dollars for "research," phone calls, and a limo.

    Sun Valley even charged Long $228 to "determine (the) effect (of the game) on (her) mood."

    When her sisters complained, Sun Valley hired lawyers, and charged Marie for that, too. Attorneys got $409,000 of Marie's money in just four years.

    And Sun Valley walked away with $430,000.
    The court official who appointed Sun Valley in 2005 and an Appeals Judge defended Sun Valley's performance. They said the limo, the grease fire, all the expenses were "reasonable, necessary and for Marie's benefit." The court even blamed Marie's sisters for complaining about it and running up costs.



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    The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers.
    William Shakespeare
    King Henry VI Part 2.

    Lawyer, n. One skilled in circumvention of the law.
    Ambrose Bierce
    The Devil's Dictionary.

    Make crime pay. Become a lawyer.
    Will Rogers

    A lawyer with a briefcase can steal more than a thousand men with guns.
    Mario Puzo

    It is better to be a mouse in a cat's mouth than a man in a lawyer's hands.
    Spanish Proverb

    Woe unto you also, ye lawyers! for ye lade men with burdens grievous to be borne.
    Jesus
    The Bible, Luke 11. 46.

    I don't think you can make a lawyer honest by an act of legislature. You've got to work on his conscience. And his lack of conscience is what makes him a lawyer.
    Will Rogers

    etc...
    Last edited by agitator; 12-23-2010 at 09:06 PM.



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