Last May, New Times published an investigation into abuse in Florida's guardianship programs. The report showed that in cases across the state, court-appointed guardians were taking advantage of the elderly and incapacitated people they were supposed to protect.
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Nearly a year later, Florida's much-maligned system may finally get the overhaul it needs. A half-dozen bills have already been filed in Tallahassee, and several of them have a good shot at passing.
"No longer can anyone claim that we are making this up and it's not a statewide chronic problem," says Dr. Sam Sugar of the group Americans Against Abusive Probate Guardianship (AAAPG). "We have accomplished that."More »