ABC looks to have released the first episode of a 5 part series on investigating the California Conservatorship System.
It brings attention to the difficulties of ending a conservatorship and the conflict of interest the conservator has of accessing the conservatee's estate to fund legal opposition to a conservator's attempts to change/get out of a conservatorship.
Some key points from this episode: “[The Conservatorship of Estate] takes over everything that you own and all the rights you have to ownership. [The Conservatorship of Estate and Conservatorship of Person] are often paired together and in my view when they are paired together, the conservatee often becomes invisible. They’re in their own prison in a way because the Conservator of Person controls all access to them.”
“…if I take on a conservator, that conservator is not using his or her own money, they’re using the conservatee’s money to defend. It’s as though someone goes and robs a bank and is caught says, ‘well I have a lot of money for attorney’s fees.’”
“Conservatorship is about money. It is about billable hours and the more they can keep you coming into court, multiple parties appear in front of a judge: the conservator, the conservator’s attorney, the court-appointed attorney, a number of different experts come in, they all get paid from [the conservatee’s] estate.”
“Conservatorships were created to assist and protect the most vulnerable population, the elderly and many of them do, but our year-long investigation found that California’s multi-billion dollar conservatorship industry is powerful with little oversight from state regulators opening the door to potential abuse.”
Looks to be well researched, factual and I'm looking forward to the rest of the series.