Friday, September 27, 2013
I-Team: Court Disregards Preneed Plan, Appoints Professional Guardian
We've learned that even when a person has legal protections in place to avoid being assigned a professional guardian, the court can disregard signed and notarized legal documents and appoint a guardian anyway.
This latest case involves 90-year-old Paulette Karpa, whose family and friends have been fighting against Florida's guardian system for years.
“She kept a beautiful house and she always dressed nicely. She took care of herself,” said neighbor Nancy Leewe, describing Paulette Karpa,
Karpa, Leewe’s former neighbor, was known for taking long walks, gardening and weekly card games.
But in 2009, Karpa's life changed.
After making a series of calls from her house to police about attempted burglaries...each turning out to be unfounded....the Florida Department of Children and Families was called.
Soon after, professional guardian Patricia Johnson asked the court to have Karpa declared incapacitated, even though Karpa had made prior arrangements for a family member to care for her.
In Florida, guardians can be given complete control over their wards' lives.
I-Team: Court disregards preneed plan, appoints professional guardian
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