Monday, May 1, 2017

CONTACT 13: New Nevada guardianship laws promise accountability and protection



LAS VEGAS (NV) - A Contact 13 investigation has led to long-overdue changes in state law. Abuse and exploitation have run rampant in our adult guardianship system, but protection and oversight are on the way.

It's deadline day in the Nevada Senate and two bills both passed to safeguard older and vulnerable citizens from those who would exploit them.

Court-appointed guardians are supposed to protect those who can't care for themselves.

But, as a recent spate of indictments shows, the so-called protectors often take advantage of vulnerable people for their own personal gain.

Senate Bill 360 increases both civil and criminal accountability in guardianship cases and provides for more prison time for convicted abusers.

It also establishes a bill of rights for people under guardianship.

Senate Bill 433 ensures those protected persons can't be isolated and compels the court to hear cases in short order.

It also makes sure protected persons will have legal representation and authorizes a court to impose fines and order restitution in cases where guardians are guilty of impropriety.

This legislative action comes as the result of a two-year Contact 13 investigation.

After we exposed systemic corruption in the guardianship system and lack of oversight in Clark County Family Court, the Nevada Supreme Court formed a guardianship oversight commission to fix flaws and change laws.

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CONTACT 13: New Nevada guardianship laws promise accountability and protection

6 comments:

Betty said...

Is NASGA involved with SB 360?

Tina said...

I hope so!

Jerina Cordova-Lieb said...

How do I get in contact with this group. I believe my great aunts brother has been subjected to exploitation, and she cannot afford an attorney to represent her in court to prove it. She has tried appearing by herself but the attorney's are strong arming her.

NASGA said...

Betty: Yes, the Falk~NASGA legislative team has been working with Senator Becky Harris on the Right of Association part of the bill for months. The bill was recently moved to the purview of the Commission but the wording has not changed. We have high hopes SB360 will pass the House as it has a lot of support.

NASGA said...

Jerina, it's very hard to fight these battles pro-se as the opposition has well-seasoned attorneys and a lay person can rarely hold up under these conditions. But sometimes they can and I hope your Aunt is one who will. Contact NASGA at Info@StopGuardianAbuse.org and be sure to also join our organization and support our efforts for reform: http://stopguardianabuse.org/join-nasga/

Kristen said...

Everybody knows how filthy Vegas is. Will new laws matter if they're not enforced?