A call to Adult Protective Services landed Keith in a locked-down Alzheimer’s ward for nearly two years. Keith said he never saw a courtroom, never talked to a single judge, never spent time with his appointed guardian.
In less than 15 minutes, Keith lost 22 months of his life and most of his fortune to, what some say, is an overwrought probate court system. Others say it’s a failure by family to take care of their own.
In either case, it’s something that could happen to anyone.
Now, three years later, Milous Keith wants answers. Who was responsible for whittling away his $750,000 fortune to less than $150,000, according to court documents, not to mention his civil rights?
“I’m mad as hell,” said Keith, who now, at 79, lives in an assisted living apartment at Traditions at Mill Run Retirement Homes in Hilliard, where he’s allowed to come and go as he pleases within the facility, though he does wear an alarm that alerts staff when he leaves the building.
"The position that I’m in, I can’t get a fair deal."
Keith has filed a civil lawsuit against the firm Wiles, Boyle Burkholder & Bringardner, two of the firm’s attorneys—Daniel Bringardner and Jim Hughes. The suit claims the defendants acted together to deny him his rights and misrepresented information to the court, such as the value of his home.
Keith's attorney: "I want his estate be reconstituted and the return of properties that should not have been taken, or at least the equivalent value."
Judge Belskis takes offense at the idea that the probate court system didn’t properly oversee the case. "The court had to act quickly, Once Keith was assigned a guardian to care for him, it was his guardian’s responsibility to act in his best interest."
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