Friday, February 6, 2015

Woman in Guardianship Series, "The Kindness of Strangers: Inside Elder Guardianship in Florida" is Free!

All the rights that most adults take for granted — to spend their own money, to travel, to vote, to marry, to enjoy dinner out at a Red Lobster — once again belong to Linda Bous.

Bous, 67, did not hesitate today when 12th Judicial Circuit Judge Charles Williams asked her if she wanted to say anything at the hearing to restore her rights and terminate a full adult guardianship of more than nine months. 
A small and soft-voiced woman born in Scotland, she spoke out clearly and briefly about the injustices she believes were done to her.
Distraught from her husband's death in January 2014, Bous had been found by a medical team to be lacking capacity to make her own decisions and was placed by her emergency temporary guardian in an assisted-living facility. In October, her desperate phone call to the Herald-Tribune set in motion the legal process that led to her freedom today. 
“It was a terrible loss, to lose my husband and best friend of almost 30 years,” Bous told the judge. “But if I had had my rights at that time, none of this would have happened.”
The Sarasota resident acknowledged that when someone from the Department of Children and Families visited her home, she was ill and needed assistance. But with help, she said, she could have handled the paperwork for her husband's estate and resumed her life without him.
Before today's hearing, Bous' court-appointed attorney, Marc Soss, returned her house keys and some identification cards. Williams ruled that Bous' guardian must provide a full accounting of all her belongings.
“The system does have checks and balances, and you have an excellent lawyer in Mr. Soss,” Williams told Bous, adding, “Good luck.”
Bous' former guardian, present with her attorney, also wished her luck when the hearing ended. Bous responded with a wry smile. But then she planted a kiss on the cheek of Soss as he gave her copies of documents in her case file — papers she had never been allowed to see.

Full Article and Source:
Woman in Guardianship Series is Free 

See Also:
Woman in "Kindness of Strangers:  Inside Elder Guardianship in Florida" May Get to See Her Home


StandUp said...

Having media coverage is far more effective than a high priced attorney.

Marsha said...

I'm so happy for her!

Sylvia said...

The awesome power of the media and the press benefiting society in this case in the best interest of the ward to be free of guardianship. Linda Bous who is now a former ward!!

Finny said...

And thanks to the attorney, Marc Soss, as well. It's hard to find good attorneys to take these cases.