What is rather unusual about the Report is that it officially acknowledged, admitted and published, that many court appointments were based on cronyism, politics and nepotism; that judges were awarding lucrative fees to lawyers appointed as guardians and receivers from other peoples' money put under control of the court and entrusted to the lawyers and that judges and lawyers were flaunting existing rules governing guardians and receivers.
The names of these judges and lawyers with the exception of the Brooklyn lawyers, whose brazen letter prompted the investigation, have not been published and are kept "confidential" by the Commission.
Although, the Report was compiled and published in the State of New York, the wrongful practices described in the Report are very much prevalent in the courts of numerous other states of the nation.
The Report offers a rare inside view of how the judges return favors and interact with well connected lawyers by rewarding them with coveted appointments of what is known in legal jargon as "fiduciaries".
The Report covers fiduciaries appointed by the court, as guardians for incapacitated persons, the elderly, the feeble who are the most vulnerable and the least able to help themselves; as guardians ad litem for children involved in litigation; and as receivers for properties such as in foreclosures or where it is alleged that the property maybe materially injured or destroyed.
The fiduciary appointees are usually private attorneys. Unless the incapacitated person is an indigent, the fiduciaries are usually paid from the assets of the incompetent or of the litigant in the action. The fiduciary generally takes full control over someone’s assets and/or property.
The Report describes numerous instances of how these assets were turned into a lucrative source of funds for lawyers, with the least amount of work and effort.
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