How Conservatorship Can Lead to Abuse — UVA Law Professor Weighs In

Q. There has been so much coverage in the news about Britney Spears and her court-enforced conservatorship, and now I’m confused about conservatorships in general. I thought conservatorships are for people with severe cognitive … [Read more...]

Is the New Netflix Movie “I Care A Lot” Realistic About Guardianship?

Q. I just watched “I Care A Lot” on Netflix and it was certainly eye-opening. In the story, a shady legal guardian, Marla Grayson, abuses the system by targeting wards that don’t really need her, places them in care facilities, … [Read more...]

Boo! Our Top 10 Scariest Articles of 2020 (A Very Scary Year!)

2020 has been a scary year! Since we’re so close to Halloween, it’s a perfect time to catch up on some of the scariest elder law, estate planning, and special needs planning articles until now. Exposing everything from dementia at … [Read more...]

When Guardianship Turns into a Nightmare

Kim Stryker, a Virginia resident, was a long-distance caregiver for her father, Steven Stryker, a Navy veteran residing in Florida. Steven had his share of health issues over the years including alcoholism, bipolar disorder, and … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Supported Decision-Making Instead of Guardianship in DC

  Dear Hayek, I read that once a senior is declared incapacitated and has a guardian placed on him or her, it is really hard to terminate the situation. Is that really the case? I heard about some positive change … [Read more...]

A Moon Landing, an Anniversary, and a Reconciliation

Fifty years ago, Apollo 11 launched from Cape Kennedy carrying Commander Neil Armstrong, and lunar module pilots Michael Collins and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin to the first lunar orbit. Many of us remember Armstrong describing the event … [Read more...]

Why Guardianship Should Be a Last Resort

Terri Black had always planned to care for her widowed father in her home if he ever became too frail to care for himself. When her father’s dementia and other health issues became too much to handle, her father’s girlfriend, … [Read more...]

Adult Children Seek Guardianship of Their Astronaut Dad, Buzz Aldrin

In July 1969, the first person to set foot on the moon's surface was Neil Armstrong. Nine minutes later, Edwin Eugene "Buzz" Aldrin Jr. touched down. History was made! On the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 next year, astronaut … [Read more...]

Our Top 10 Scariest Articles of 2017 (Be Very Afraid!)

  Halloween is today, so it’s the ideal day to present you with this year’s scariest articles. From parents being kidnapped by a professional guardian to people getting Alzheimer’s at 40, we uncovered some scary ground. To … [Read more...]

Her Parents Were Kidnapped by a Professional Guardian

Rudy North was an avid reader, who had a sharp mind and liked to write down quotes from his favorite books. Rennie, his wife of fifty-seven years, was recovering from lymphoma and suffered from neuropathy so severe that her legs … [Read more...]