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Relatives raising children because of abuse, neglect may get help from Kentucky program

on 02/19/2018 11:00 AM
TAYLOR MILL, Ky. – Pennie Tackett's granddaughter, Karma Jordan, has aspirations to one day be in the Olympics. Tackett hopes revival of a state funding program may put Karma on a path toward potentially realizing that dream. During his State of the Commonwealth address Jan. 16, Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin spoke of initiating budget cuts in a number of areas. How...
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An Empowering Change in Legislation for Disabled Individuals

By David Disponett on 02/05/2018 11:00 AM
A new law, which took effect on Jan. 1, 2017, opens a door for individuals with disabilities—a door that’s been closed since 1993. When President Obama signed the 21st Century Cures Act (CCA) in late 2016, which, in part, authorizes the establishment of self-settled special needs trusts (SNTs), he corrected a longstanding oversight in existing federal legislation while simultaneously c...
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State adds more oversight to protect vulnerable citizens

By David Disponett on 02/02/2018 11:00 AM
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) - Thanks in part to a Contact 13 Investigation, the state is stepping up to help protect our most vulnerable residents.  Contact 13 Chief Investigator Darcy Spears has new information in her ongoing expose of a system that many say fails to protect those who need help the most. Our series of reports prompted the Nevada Supreme Court to take a serious look at how t...
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This simple foster care bill could make life better for Arizona kids

By David Disponett on 01/31/2018 11:00 AM
Arizona’s lawmakers can help abused and neglected children by making a few simple changes to state law. It’s about permanent guardianship. Wait. Don’t let your eyes glaze over just because it doesn’t sound exciting. Kids don’t need exciting. They need solid. They need stable. They need family and a sense of belonging. That’s what this is all about...
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Longer lives and special needs trusts

By David Disponett on 01/29/2018 11:00 AM
People in our region try to save throughout their lives. The struggle comes when those people who have saved experience long-term care needs, typically nursing home, assisted living or in-home care. Often, Medicaid is the tool used to avoid having to pay out-of-pocket for long-term care. However, Medicaid eligibility means that a person must be almost completely impoverished. As this colum...
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Deciding who will take care of your children if the worst happens

By David Disponett on 01/26/2018 11:00 AM
No one wants to think or talk about it, but choosing someone to look after your children if you die could be one of the most important decisions you make as a parent. That question hit my husband and me hard one awful day a few years ago when my eldest brother died of a heart attack and hadn't left a will. He was survived by the mother of his two children. But that event, coupled with the...
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57 new Nevada laws in effect Monday

By David Disponett on 01/19/2018 11:00 AM
A total of 57 new laws took effect Monday January 1 including the Legislature's attempt to get a handle on the skyrocketing price of insulin and other diabetes treatment drugs. Senate Bill 539 was strongly opposed by the drug and pharmacy representatives. It requires the state Health and Human Services Department compile a list of drugs essential to treat diabetes and the drugs on that li...
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Elder abuse surge in WA as greedy kids rip off vulnerable family

By David Disponett on 01/17/2018 11:30 AM
THE “hidden scourge” of elder abuse — physical, psychological and financial — is destroying the lives of thousands of older West Australians. An estimated one in 20 of WA’s 350,000 seniors will have experienced violence, exploitation or neglect, often perpetrated by a trusted family member, a parliamentary inquiry has been told. The probe has shone a light on ...
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Social services and elder care: We can’t afford not to pay for them.

By David Disponett on 01/15/2018 11:00 AM
The Kentucky General Assembly faces tough choices as it builds our commonwealth’s budget. Social services, which are already stretched thin, should not be on the chopping block. We have a moral imperative to care for the frail, sick and less fortunate in our society. However, some might argue that caregiving should be the domain of the private sector, not the public one. In our ex...
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New court rules Jan. 1 regarding guardianships of vulnerable Marylanders

By David Disponett on 01/12/2018 11:00 AM
ANNAPOLIS — Changes to court rules that help safeguard the personal and financial well-being of vulnerable Marylanders will go into effect Jan. 1, 2018. The changes will apply to court-appointed guardians, guardianships, and attorneys. Guardians are appointed by the court to make personal or financial decisions on behalf of someone who is unable to manage those matters because of age, dise...
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Commission on guardianship finalizing report

By David Disponett on 01/10/2018 11:00 AM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A 16-member commission appointed to find ways to improve the state’s ailing guardian/conservator system finished its work Friday with a final report expected to be presented to the state Supreme Court next week. A key recommendation – the purchase of a $600,000 Minnesota computer software program to detect fraud in conservator reports – was revised ...
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The road ahead: Corrupt guardianship system needs reform

By David Disponett on 01/05/2018 10:30 AM
My family was one of the many families victimized by a predatory guardian/executor business working under shield of secrecy in New Mexico – i.e. the legal mandate to “seal” all fiduciary and medical records of protected persons. I testified before one of the first hearings of the Commission ordered by (N.M. Supreme Court) Justice Charles Daniels. So far, the absolute and vault-l...
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Politician loses fight to get guardianship over her husband and his money

By David Disponett on 01/03/2018 11:06 AM
Broward Clerk of Court Brenda D. Forman has failed in her quest to convince a judge to declare her 71-year-old husband senile and name her as his guardian. A committee of three independent examiners concluded that Howard C. Forman “is not incapacitated in any respect,” Judge Mark Speiser determined this month, dismissing the case. The order notes that the panel of experts agree...
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Metro Detroit adults under court guardianship put in unlicensed group homes

By David Disponett on 12/29/2017 11:41 AM
But after a family friend told the Oakland County Probate Court that Plummer was having memory loss, court records show a Judge appointed a Southfield attorney as a co-guardian. Charlene Glover-Hogan is a Public Administrator, a lawyer appointed by Michigan’s Attorney General to handle probate estates after someone dies.    But several judges in metro Detroit like to app...
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Advocates Promote Guardianship Alternatives for Adults With Disabilities

By David Disponett on 12/27/2017 11:38 AM
Janie Desmond was nervous the first time she boarded a train in Durham headed for Greensboro. From her wheelchair, the train seemed big, loud and unfamiliar. “I kind of wanted to convince my mom to take me to school, but I had to take the train,” Desmond said describing her freshman year UNC Greensboro. “There were a bunch of people on there that I didn’t know.” ...
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Learn about Kentucky guardianships laws

By David Disponett on 12/18/2017 11:00 AM
A guardianship is a legal relationship between a capable adult (a guardian) and his ward, either a minor (a person under 18 years old) or a legally disabled adult. A guardianship provides the guardian with the decision-making authority and responsibility over the personal affairs of the ward to include daily activities and health care decisions. If you have a child over 18 years of age or an ...
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