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Slam the Gavel welcomes back Sam Sugar, M.D. to the show. we discussed how to prevent a Guardianship/Professional Guardianship from happening and what to do if you cannot. Dr. Sugar recommended having Advance Directives that state that under no circumstances that you want a guardianship. Also make sure a Health Care POA is in place and a Will. Make your wishes well known to family members as well as settling family disputes, as Guardianships can start with a disgruntled family member.
There could be an estimated 3-3.5 million Guardianships in the United States and this creates a negative impact on families affected by a loved one being placed into a Guardianship. Families find their money being thrown away in years to multiple decades of litigation affecting their own health and welfare fighting for their loved one.
We discussed the dark history that goes back to Parens Patriae and how in 1929 Equity Courts joined with civil and criminal courts as well as the history of the Osage Tribe and the book written by David Grann, "Killers of The Flower Moon," that goes into more detail on what really happened to the Osage Tribe and how that evolved into the FBI and J. Edgar Hoover. This history of the Orphan Trains were discussed and how churches and others thought it was a great idea to put homeless children onto trains and ship them off to help farmers farm their land.
Prevention is very important, and Dr. Sugar recommends people be vigilant and aware of their surroundings in order to prevent a Guardianship from happening to their loved one and family.
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