Sunday, October 22, 2017

Gravelle changes name, fights for guardianship of elderly relative

NORWALK — A woman a Huron County jury found guilty of child endangerment in 2006 — the subject of news stories that went viral — is in a custody battle over her wealthy aunt with dementia, according to court records.

In 2005, police removed 11 adopted children from Sharen Gravelle and her husband Michael’s home. Authorities claimed the couple had kept the children in cages, but a caseworker and the Gravelles contended the children were kept in enclosures for their own protection.

They lost custody of their adopted children and both Sharen and Michael Gravelle served prison terms.

Sharen Gravelle was released from prison in 2011 after serving a two-year term.

She has since divorced her husband and changed her name to Sharen Curtis-Timperman.

A Cleveland news news station, WKYC-TV 3, reported that Stacy Hansford left her 93-year-old mother, Barbara, with Curtis-Timperman while her home was being renovated.

Curtis-Timperman then allegedly fled to Houston, Mo., with Babara Hansford, where she’s trying to get appointed her legal guardian.

Babara Hansford was married to Richard L. Hansford — a former vice president and dean of student services at the University of Akron.

After his death in 2015, she was diagnosed with dementia, according to the news report from TV-3. Stacy Hansford believes that Curtis-Timperman is taking advantage of her mother to get to her sizable wealth, WKYC reported.

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Controversial East Bay judge charged with illegally doubling sentence

Judge Bruce C. Mills was charged with willful misconduct
MARTINEZ — A Contra Costa judge with a history of ethics violations was charged with judicial misconduct that could warrant his removal from the bench, records obtained Tuesday show.

The two counts of misconduct include allegations that Judge Bruce C. Mills illegally doubled the sentence of a judicial rights advocate who Mills had found to be in contempt of court. Mills jailed the man for discussing his divorce online, a decision that First Amendment experts called, “outrageous” and a free speech violation.

The two charges were filed Friday by the Commission on Judicial Performance, the California government body that investigates ethical complaints into judges. Mills is required to provide a written answer to the charges within 20 days.

Per the California Constitution, Mills faces removal or admonishment if the charges are found true. The CJP’s action carries no criminal penalties. Mills could not be reached for comment.

Mills, a judge since 1995, has been disciplined five times since 2001. He was admonished in 2013 after the commision found 10-0 that he had “created an appearance of impropriety that undermined public confidence in the impartiality and integrity of the judiciary” when he interfered with a case in which his son was a defendant. In 2001, he was found to have coerced a guilty plea out of a DUI defendant.

Last year, Mills sentenced San Ramon resident Joseph Sweeney to 25 days in jail for contempt, after finding that Sweeney’s online writings violated another judge’s restraining order not to disclose the contents of his ex-wife’s cellphone or computer. But Sweeney argued that his writings were sourced from publicly-available court documents filed by his ex-wife.

In the hearing, Mills claimed that “matters that are put into court pleadings and brought up in oral argument before the court do not become public thereby,” a statement several First Amendment experts say wildly misstates the nature of court records.

According to the hearing transcript, Mills also made it clear that Sweeney’s 25-day sentence — the maximum for five counts of contempt of court — qualified for 50 percent good time credits, meaning Sweeney would likely only serve half his sentence. Under state law, people convicted of nonviolent crimes are set free after serving half their sentences, assuming they have no disciplinary problems.

But days later, after Sweeney was in the West Contra Costa Jail, Mills allegedly directed a court clerk to modify the sentence and revoke Sweeney’s good time credits. The CJP alleges Mills did so without notifying the parties in the case or giving them time to respond, a violation of ethics guidelines.

When Sweeney found out his good time credits had been revoked, he contacted his attorney, Jim Morrison, from jail. In a 2016 interview, Morrison said he faxed the copy of the original order — which said Sweeney would serve 50 percent time — to the sheriff and to Mills. Sweeney’s good time credits were reinstated later that day, Morrison said.

Ironically, Sweeney is a well-known judicial reform advocate who has publicly criticized the commission’s handling of judicial misconduct cases. He testified in front of the state legislature last year, calling for a state audit of the CJP. Mills jailed Sweeney two days after the legislature approved the audit.

“Finally, (the CJP) feels pressured to be doing something about judicial misconduct, which is a good indication,” Sweeney said in an interview Tuesday when asked for a response to the action against Mills.

After his release from jail, Sweeney filed multiple complaints against Mills and appealed the judge’s decision. Last November he received a response from then-presiding Judge Steve Austin, who said that altering the order was improper, but suggested that Mills simply didn’t know he’d violated a rule.

“I view this as a training issue and not as something more serious as you have described it in your letter,” Austin wrote. “I have taken appropriate corrective action.”

Similarly, the Contra Costa District Attorney’s Office reviewed the matter and determined Mills hadn’t committed a crime, chief deputy Doug MacMaster wrote in a letter to Sweeney last year.

The second misconduct charge alleges Mills had a courtroom conversation with the prosecutor in a DUI case Mills was presiding over, where the two discussed the case. During the conversation, Mills compared the case to one he handled as a prosecutor and suggested that someone may have to look into whether breathalyzer systems were faulty.

“You did not disclose on the record your conversation with (the prosecutor) or recuse yourself from further proceedings in the case until April 1, 2016, after the district attorney’s office disclosed the ex parte conversation to a supervising judge and to defense counsel,” CJP Chairperson Hon. Ignazio Ruvolo wrote in the charging records.

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Column: With U.S. elder abuse in spotlight, a look at guardians

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Are unsuspecting seniors around the United States being scooped up without warning from their homes, placed in nursing homes and having their possessions taken away?

A pair of elderly couples view the ocean and waves along the beach in La Jolla, California March 8, 2012. REUTERS/Mike Blake
Sometimes, yes - according to a recent article in the New Yorker magazine. The investigation by journalist Rachel Aviv shines a light on problems in the Nevada courts that run the system of court-appointed guardians for the elderly (bit.ly/2xMBooc).

Aviv’s article paints a frightening portrait of a private guardian who was able to obtain a court order making her the guardian of a couple with no advance notice to them or to their adult daughter. They lost control of their lives - their assets were sold off and they were placed in a nursing home.

The abuses of private-guardian systems in some U.S. states have been on the radar screens of policy and legal experts for years, and Aviv’s story, “How the Elderly Lose Their Rights,” is worth reading in full.

When I circulated the article to readers recently, the questions started coming in about guardianship. How pervasive are the problems around the United States? Could this happen to me? What steps can I take to protect myself from this kind of abuse?

Good questions, all.

Guardianships are a legal relationship created by state courts that give one person the authority to make decisions in the best interest of someone judged to be incapacitated - and when no family member or friend is available to assume the role. In cases involving low-income people, a public guardian generally is appointed; private guardians are assigned when people have financial assets.

National data on older people placed into guardianship is very limited due to variations in the ways courts around the country track cases. But a 2010 report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) identified hundreds of allegations of abuse, neglect, and exploitation by guardians in 45 states and the District of Columbia between 1990 and 2010. The GAO reviewed 20 cases and found that guardians had stolen or otherwise improperly obtained $5.4 million from 158 incapacitated victims, mostly older adults.

PERVASIVE PROBLEM?

Is abuse by guardians common around the United States? “I don’t think it is pervasive, but it can happen anywhere in the country if courts or agencies are inattentive,” said Katherine Pearson, a professor at Pennsylvania State University’s Dickinson Law who specializes in elder law. “But the allegations (in the New Yorker article) are some of the worst that I’ve seen. There just was no critical scrutiny of people serving as guardians.”

Problems with abusive guardianship systems also have cropped up recently in Arizona, Florida and New Mexico, Pearson noted. Systematic reform will require commitment by the states to use more care in the selection, training and monitoring of guardians, she said.

Absent significant reforms, the math tells us the problem can only grow bigger as the country ages, and millions of baby boomers move into their 70s, 80s and 90s.

What is needed, Pearson argues, is more thoughtful oversight and accountability of guardians. And situations where the court becomes complacent about a single guardian or one guardianship organization can allow guardians to take hundreds of people under their wing.

“Where money is involved and incapacity are involved, there is always a risk of abuse if you don’t have checks and balances,” Pearson said.

Two legal requirements must be met before a court appoints a guardian. First, there must be a finding of incapacity. But there must also be a court decision that there is a need for a guardian - that is, no one has already been designated by the alleged incapacitated person to act as their agent or trustee before they became disabled.

How to protect yourself against possible abuses?

Be honest about the risks, and the need to plan in advance. Whenever possible execute legal power-of-attorney documents for your finances and healthcare.

In other words - have a succession plan, not just for inheritance, but for your care needs while you are still alive. The goal is to pick someone you trust to manage your affairs in the event you are unable to do so, either a family member or friend. Some elder law experts recommend bringing in a bank or trust company as professional trustee when they establish trusts for clients.

“In an ideal world, no one would need guardianship because you already have planned for your needs while recognizing the potential that you could need help,” Pearson said.

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Saturday, October 21, 2017

Deaths, injuries and nude photos - a list of 36 serious Pa. nursing home violations

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Judicial discipline panel recommends removal of chief judge

BALTIMORE (AP) — The Maryland panel that oversees judges’ conduct has recommended that Baltimore’s chief judge be removed from his position and not be permitted to serve as a judge in the state.

The Baltimore Sun reports the Commission on Judicial Disabilities unanimously voted that 69-year-old Chief Judge Alfred Nance committed “sanctionable conduct” and referred their recommendation to the Court of Appeals, which has the final say.

Nance was accused of having “persistently disrespectful” interactions with a public defender. The panel found that his tone of voice and body language were insensitive and inflammatory. Charges stemming from two other cases were dismissed for a “lack of proof.”

This is at least the third time the commission has publicly moved to discipline Nance.

Nance’s attorney couldn’t be reached for comment Wednesday.

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Gary Ott dies after Alzheimer’s battle; former top aide blames his family


After years spent suffering from a progressive neurodegenerative disease, mostly hidden from public view, former longtime Salt Lake County Recorder Gary Ott died Thursday morning in hospice care in St. George.

He was 66.

Ott’s death followed a four-year struggle with Alzheimer’s disease. The details of his diagnosis were first made public last week in a court battle between Ott’s siblings and his former fiancee and assistant, Karmen Sanone.

A judge has yet to rule on who would become Ott’s guardian and conservator, which includes the power to preside over Ott’s estate. It’s not clear how his death will affect the court case. Third District Judge Bruce Lubeck said he planned to rule within days or weeks.

Martin Ott, Gary Ott’s brother, said his family spent several days at his side after being told Ott’s death was near. They were with him when he died, Martin Ott said.

“Believe me, the man was suffering. Every breath,” Martin Ott said.

Hours before his death, Sanone visited Ott’s facility and attempted to see him. The family and facility called St. George police and reported she was trespassing, according to a report read to The Tribune by Capt. Mike Giles.

“Family that were present as well as the facility had requested that she leave,” Giles said. “Our officers provided a trespass notice that if she returned charges could be filed or an arrest could be made.”

Attorneys in the case said they didn’t know what would happen moving forward with Ott’s estate, including a Salt Lake City home and banking and retirement accounts, along with immediate arrangements, such as services and interment.

Ott had been living with Sanone at her Weber County farm for years while maintaining legal residency in Salt Lake County.

The two acted like husband and wife, describing themselves as such to various doctors in recent years. They had exchanged rings and were once engaged, but never married.

After struggles with his speech, Ott saw a doctor in 2013 who said he believed the symptoms may indicate a form of dementia. Subsequent visits with neurologists confirmed Ott likely had Alzheimer’s. As of last week, Ott had advanced Alzheimer’s disease, attorneys said.

The diagnosis came two years after friends and former employees say they began seeing possible signs of the disease.

His decline would perplex friends, family and employees for years as they knew something was wrong with Ott but were powerless to remove him from office or otherwise intervene in his life.

His employees, meanwhile, attributed various symptoms emerging in public to a severe case of shingles and the medication he took for years to treat it. Two of his staffers, Sanone and former Chief Deputy Recorder Julie Dole, had access to his email account.

They said they never wrote anything purporting to be from Ott without his actually knowing and signing off on the correspondence. Sanone said she was writing his emails because a debilitating hand injury left him unable to write for himself. In one email, Sanone fretted over how to make an email appear as though it was coming from the elected recorder.

In another, sent May 5, 2016, between her public and private email addresses, Sanone sent a document called “Gary Ott Trust Outline,” a record obtained by The Tribune this week shows. The outline sought to give Sanone control over Ott’s trust.

“I want the trust designed such that all assets will remain in my control until such time as I become incapacitated or otherwise unable to make my own decisions,” the outline said. “At this time, the co-trustee will assume control of the trust and my assets.

“Karmen Sanone is to be named as Co-trustee.”

It’s not clear whether the outline, which sought to give Sanone control over all of Ott’s stocks and investments, powers of attorney, farm equipment and other assets, was ever signed.

In January 2015, the same day Ott was sworn into his final years in office, he purportedly signed an advance health care directive, a document nominating Sanone as his medical guardian should he need one in the future. Dole, who filled out much of the document, was also the legal witness.

He then walked into the county clerk’s office and stumbled over the oath of office, including repeating his own name.

After months of news reports that began to shed light on the apparent struggles of the county recorder, Ott’s family, living in southern Utah, asked the 3rd District Court to give them the power to make his medical and financial decisions.

After Sanone found out the siblings were going to court, she visited one of Ott’s financial planners and became the death beneficiary on one of his retirement accounts, according to court testimony.

Dole and Sanone have been accused of knowingly propping Ott up in the office for years while he suffered from his terminal condition, even going back to his 2014 re-election.

During that time, police were contacted about Ott at least three times, including one winter night in Tooele last year, when Ott ran out of gas and was wandering disoriented. Police, who described him as incoherent, took him to the emergency room.

His friends and family described a sense of relief on Thursday as Ott’s suffering came to an end, about 4 a.m. in hospice. Caretakers warned the family days ago that Ott was near death, and they spent several days with him.

“We’re religious people. We think that there’s a hereafter,” Martin Ott said. “Gary was crossing the line and would be joining with loved ones from long ago.”

In a written response, Dole said she was “deeply saddened” by the news. She said she learned of Ott’s condition in court last week and called accusations that she knew of his condition long ago “absurd.” She also blamed Ott’s siblings for his death.

“I believe from all reports that Gary met an untimely death due to his siblings‘ decisions, which I do not believe took any consideration of what Gary wanted, nor his quality of life,” Dole said. “He should have been allowed to spend his last days with his last days with his pets and life partner on the farm, not locked in a confined space.”

Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill’s office has talked about an investigation related to the recorder’s office but has released no details of the matter.

Martin Ott said the family wants justice.

His friends and family described a sense of relief on Thursday as Ott’s suffering came to an end, about 4 a.m. in hospice. Caretakers warned the family days ago that Ott was near death, and they spent several days with him.

“We’re religious people. We think that there’s a hereafter,” Martin Ott said. “Gary was crossing the line and would be joining with loved ones from long ago.”

In a written response, Dole said she was “deeply saddened” by the news. She said she learned of Ott’s condition in court last week and called accusations that she knew of his condition long ago “absurd.” She also blamed Ott’s siblings for his death.

“I believe from all reports that Gary met an untimely death due to his siblings‘ decisions, which I do not believe took any consideration of what Gary wanted, nor his quality of life,” Dole said. “He should have been allowed to spend his last days with his pets and life partner on the farm, not locked in a confined space.”

Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill’s office has talked about an investigation related to the recorder’s office but has released no details of the matter.

Martin Ott said the family wants justice.


“All of us, in the family, are very interested not in revenge here, there’s no [point] there. It’s a place for the cynical,” he said. “What we are interested in is justice. We’re hopeful that the folks that perpetrated what appear to us to be criminal acts are brought to justice.”

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Friday, October 20, 2017

Freed From Guardianship A Kentucky First: Suzie Wins Her Rights in Court Using SDM

Suzanne Heck wanted her rights back… and in the process the 22-year-old from Lexington became a pioneer and role model for those like her in Kentucky.

Shortly after Heck, who is diagnosed with a mild intellectual disability, reached adulthood, a Kentucky court took away her right to decide where she lived, what she did with her money and what happened to her body.

At the age of 18, she became a ward of the state.

So in March of 2017, Heck (her friends call her Suzie) and her support team contacted Kentucky Protection & Advocacy and requested its help with restoring her rights through Supported Decision-Making.

SDM is a way people can make their own decisions and stay in charge of their lives while receiving any help they need to do so. Supported Decision-Making is just a fancy way of describing how we all make choices.

Currently in Kentucky, there are over 4,500 adults in the state guardianship system, which is underfunded and severely overburdened.

Many adults like Heck can make decisions for themselves with the support of a team. Heck’s team consists of friends and paid caregivers through Kentucky’s intellectual and developmental disability Medicaid waiver called Supports for Community Living.

She attends day services at an Adult Day Training facility in Lexington, lives in a home with two housemates and staff who assist her with daily living, as needed.

When Camille Collins, an Advocate with Kentucky Protection & Advocacy, became involved in Heck’s case, Suzie’s supporters had already begun functioning as a SDM team.

Team member Stacy Seale, a licensed psychological associate at Employment Solutions, submitted a psychological report with a petition to modify or terminate guardianship in Fayette County District Court.

In this report, Seale emphasized all of Heck’s abilities and that she works with her team when making medical, personal and financial decisions.

“Ms. Heck does a wonderful job of seeking out her team and asking for their input on her current life decisions,” Seale said.

Seale concluded that Heck, working with her SDM team, would no longer need a legal guardian.
In April, Heck attended a hearing to modify or terminate her guardianship order. Her state guardian attended and agreed with Heck’s request.

Because the county attorney was not comfortable with the restoration, Collins requested that an attorney be appointed for Heck and that the hearing be postponed. The judge agreed.

Moria Mulligan, Heck’s appointed attorney, worked with Collins and Heck’s SDM team to learn how individuals with disabilities can use teams to support them in their ability to make decisions for themselves.

Heck also created a “Dream Board,” which consists of photos of her SDM team members on one side and illustrations that represent her hopes and dreams on the other.

Her goals are no different from anyone else’s – vacations, employment, and more time with family and friends.

As a ward of the state, most if not all of her goals and dreams would have to be approved by a guardian, forcing Heck to defend her goals.

That would mean meetings and hours of discussion. That was one of her motives for terminating guardianship.

On July 24, 2017 – two days before her birthday – the judge, with the agreement of the county attorney who better understood Heck’s situation, fully restored Heck’s rights. She is now able to make personal, medical and financial decisions.

Heck is a sort of Jackie Robinson for restored rights. She is the first person on record in Kentucky to have her rights fully restored by the courts with Supported Decision-Making as an alternative to guardianship.

Heck was so elated when the judge ruled in her favor, she nearly floated out of the courtroom.

“I was really nervous at first but when the judge ruled, I almost ran out because I was so excited. I was blown away,” she said.

Heck admits that the full impact of the ruling has yet to sink in, but she already has benefitted. Recently, she went with a friend and her friend’s caregiver to the Hamburg YMCA.

“As far as I can remember, that’s the first time I went out without a caregiver,” Heck said.

What else will she do with her freedom? “I want to buy a copy of the movie, ‘The Last Mimzy,’” she said.

Sounds simple enough. Not so if she were still a ward of the state. A request for cash would go though her guardian and then on to the state and could take a few weeks to process.

“Now, if she wants $50 to go to Kentucky Kingdom, for example, she can get the money the same day. She has total control of her money now,” Collins said.

“I’m excited for her. Research shows that people who are empowered with their rights live happier and healthier lives.”

Heck is bursting with plans for the future. In 2018, a visit Dollywood, and Disney World a year later.

She wants to be a social worker or a police officer or go to college. “How do I start applying for jobs?” she asks.

Chastity Ross, a former chairperson of the CCDD Council, is her case worker and can help with job searches or refer her to the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation.

In the meantime, Heck is heady with all the wild possibilities. “It’s awesome that I could go wherever I want and live wherever I want.”

Actually, her wishes are much more grounded – She longs for a family setting through the Family Home Provider program.

“I want to live with a family but why is it taking so long?”

Not to worry, said Collins. “I think you will find a family provider soon because you’re such an awesome person,” Collins said.

A big grin creases Heck’s face. There is much to be happy about now for Suzie Heck, a free woman with big dreams for the future.

The National Resource Center for Supported Decision-Making can help you find information on Supported Decision-Making and other alternatives to guardianship, access Supported Decision-Making agreements and other legal forms, connect you with people and organizations that may be able to help you, and answer your questions. Info: www. SupportedDecisionMaking.Org.

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Lansing lawyer who was removed from cases pleads the Fifth during hearing

Catherine Jacobs
LANSING -- A Lansing lawyer who has been removed from several cases by judges in two counties asserted her Fifth Amendment rights repeatedly Tuesday when questioned about the circumstances surrounding the finances of a man for whom she was power of attorney and from whom she stands to inherit a reported $1.5 million.

Catherine Jacobs, a lawyer with Loomis Law Firm, refused to answer questions from lawyer Douglas A. Mielock during a hearing in Ingham County Probate Court regarding the conservatorship of Paul Hansen.

At the end of the hearing, Judge Richard Garcia appointed attorney Pat Gallagher as conservator for Hansen’s finances and revoked Jacobs’ power of attorney.

“There is some question in my mind regarding the gentleman’s capacity to issue that power of attorney,” Garcia told Jacobs’ lawyer, Philip Dwyer. “More importantly, I don’t believe your client is suitable to be a conservator.”

The hearing is the latest in a volley of motions, petitions and denials tied to Jacobs’ removal from several guardianship and conservator cases over the summer.

Between June and August, Garcia removed Jacobs from her roles as guardian and conservator in several cases and requested an investigation into Jacobs by the Attorney Grievance Commission.

The removals followed court hearings in which Garcia discovered that Jacobs had signed off on a major surgery even though her guardianship for that patient had lapsed; that she had an undisclosed agreement with Sparrow Hospital in which she was paid to petition for the guardianship of certain patients; and that Jacobs’ granddaughter and her granddaughter’s boyfriend were living in the home of a woman with memory impairments for whom Jacobs is guardian and conservator.

In August, Jacobs filed the first of at least four motions to disqualify Garcia from her cases, largely because of the judge's request to the Attorney Grievance Commission.

Garcia has denied Jacobs' requests each time, including one she filed in Hansen’s case.

On Tuesday in Clinton County, Probate Judge Lisa Sullivan weighed in on one of the cases in which Garcia denied Jacobs’ motion for disqualification. Sullivan, who was asked by the State Court Administrative Office to review the case, supported Garcia’s denial of the motion. Sullivan indicated she expects to hear similar motions in other cases.

Mielock attended the Hansen hearing Tuesday as a representative of Crisann Breed, the daughter of Ester Breed, one of three people named in Hansen’s will. Ester Breed, a cousin to Hansen, died Oct. 12.

According to an Ingham County Sheriff’s Office report, Jacobs and her daughter, Mona Darling, were longtime friends of Hansen and, at some point, Darling became Hansen’s power of attorney.

In 2015, the Ingham County Sheriff’s Office began investigating withdrawals Darling had made from some of Hansen’s accounts and Jacobs, who is listed as a recipient in Hansen’s will, took over as his power of attorney.

Darling was arraigned April 17 on a charge of embezzlement from a vulnerable adult, $20,000 or more, and bound over to circuit court in May. She is awaiting trial.

Mielock asked Jacobs in court Tuesday whether she’d ever acted as Hansen’s lawyer; whether she was a beneficiary of any of Hansen’s financial accounts or life insurance; whether she ever borrowed money from Hansen; whether she believed a conservator for Hansen would be responsible for recovering funds from her daughter, Mona Darling; whether she believed Darling took any assets from Hansen; and the extent of her involvement in at least two power of attorney documents drafted in regards to Hansen.

Jacobs responded to each question by asserting her Fifth Amendment right not to testify to avoid self-incrimination.

Jacobs declined to comment following the court hearing.

Probate court investigates Hansen relationship

Earlier in the hearing, Ingham County Probate Court Investigator Sarah Broschay told Garcia she met with Hansen at his Holt assisted living facility Monday, and she recommended Pat Gallagher be appointed Hansen’s conservator.

Broschay said Hansen is being held in a mental deficiency ward. Medical reports from 2014, included in the court record, indicate he has dementia.

“Mr. Hansen would engage in the conversation, but would often need to be reminded of my purpose for being there,” Broschay said in a report filed in probate court Tuesday. “Mr. Hansen seemed to know who Ms. Jacobs was, but did need to be reminded that she was his power of attorney.”

In her report, Broschay also voiced concerns about Jacobs’ oversight of Hansen’s assets because of Darling’s embezzlement charge and the belief that Jacobs limited Hansen’s access to family members over the past several years.

Jacobs stands to inherit about $1.5 million from Hansen's will, Broschay wrote in her report. Hansen’s will was drawn up by a U.S. Army major in 1992, according to documents contained in a police report related to Darling’s criminal case.

The police report also includes the February 2015 document naming Jacobs power of attorney. The document includes a section nominating and appointing Jacobs as guardian and/or conservator if the court orders one be appointed.

In the document, Mieke V. Weissert is named as Jacobs’ successor as power of attorney, guardian and conservator. Weissert is a lawyer at Loomis Law Firm, according to information on the firm’s website.

In court Tuesday, Dwyer said Jacobs had priority to become Hansen’s conservator since she was his power of attorney, but Garcia wasn’t in favor of the idea.

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Cop Rescues 92-Year-Old Man Turned Away at Bank Because His ID Had Expired

A Los Angeles County policeman went far beyond the call of duty while responding to a report of an elderly man having a fit inside a bank.

Montebello Police Department Officer Robert Josett was answering a public disturbance call when he was faced with a 92-year-old man who was upset because tellers wouldn’t give him his money.

The senior citizen’s California identification card had expired, and Bank of America’s policy requires that a valid government-issued ID be shown when making withdrawals.

So Josett comforted the white-haired gentleman by gently suggesting they take a ride over to the Department of Motor Vehicles and get him a brand new card.

And so they did.

With a little encouragement from the cop, DMV workers quickly renewed the man’s identification. And Josett brought him back to the bank, where he was able to get his hands on his money, just before closing time.

The department posted a photo of the officer leading the man, who leaned on a cane, into the DMV office.

The image has been viewed more than 257,000 times, and shared more than 39,000 times. It has also garnered more than 19,000 comments.

“Heart touching and I love that the officer was able to get him in and out of the DMV so quickly!" Sharon Watkins wrote. "That is medal worthy."

“With everything that is going on in our nation, this shall bring a smile to us all,” Mia Flores posted.

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Cop Rescues 92-Year-Old Man Turned Away at Bank Because His ID Had Expired