Monthly Archives: June 2012

Kidnapping of the Elderly


Kidnapping of the elderly is all too commonplace and is happening all over the country, right in your own neighborhood. None of the protective agencies put in place will intervene; filing complaints will only result in findings of no wrongdoing. If we don’t all do something now, they will be ringing your doorbell next, stripping you of your rights, stealing your home and all of your personal possessions. I know; it happened to my Mom.  Mary Giordano, of Franchina and Giordano Law Firm in Garden City, NY, went to my Mom’s home in Massapequa, NY, rang her doorbell, and told Mom she needed to go to the hospital for a “health” issue. But she didn’t take Mom to the hospital; instead Mom was transported to Meadowbrook Nursing Home in Freeport and locked up against her will, frightened and alone. Two months later, she was dead.    

The story listed below is a tale of another elderly woman kidnapped in Florida. There are thousands of these stories. We need to act now before it is too late…..      

Welcome to My Family’s Nightmare

What you are about to read will hopefully alert you to the very real risk of having a family member literally kidnapped by a “guardianship” program even though your legal documents and end of life wishes are in order. The “experts/professionals” who push the papers (social workers, mental health professionals, abuse investigators, and the agents of the guardianship programs) are able to strip you of your life, assets, and freedom by the lack of interest of individuals working in a system that goes unchallenged for its blatant disregard of the legislative intent of laws designed to protect the elderly. The paternalistic attitude of these individuals toward our seniors of knowing what is in their “best interests” is placing the elderly in even more peril as the tentacles of Nursing Home Industrial/Complex continue to expand and devour the lives and assets of our most vulnerable citizens.

Los Angeles Adult Protective Services Refuses to Accept Reports of Conservator Abuse


Los Angeles Adult Protective Services Refuses to Accept Reports of Conservator Abuse.

The elder abuse hotline runs round the clock in Los Angeles County. Twenty four hours a day, a social worker is available to take incoming complaints of abuse and neglect of elderly and dependent adults.

But not, apparently, if the abusing party is a conservator.  During a call to APS last Thursday, a complaint was made that a local conservator was neglecting and medically abusing one of her wards in Pomona, California. The worker refused to accept the complaint, stating that APS does not take complaints of conservator abuse. The call was then transferred to the supervisor, Alejandro, who stated that the Welfare and Institutions Code blocks Adult Protective Services from following up on complaints of conservator abuse. Alejandro was unable to provide the relevant WIC and promised to call back after researching it.  He did not…..

A Lawyer’s Work: Dying Woman Signs Over Mansion


Mary Ellen’s Mansion

It’s a problem as old as old age, and one that touches almost all of us: How do you take care of your parent or grandparent and keep them safe?

Near the end of her 88 years, Mary Ellen Bendtsen, a fading celebrity whose landmark mansion had been a jewel of Dallas real estate, put her trust in two younger friends she called “the boys.”

The men, Mark McCay and Justin Burgess, brought a fourth party to the relationship: their lawyer.

Attorney Edwin Olsen took Bendtsen on as a client. At the end of her life, he helped her grant power of attorney to McCay and Burgess and sign a will making them beneficiaries.

Her family says “the boys'” relationship with Bendtsen was all designed to get her share of the almost $1 million home. The men, meanwhile, say that they were simply honoring their dying friend’s wishes.

Click on above link to read more of this very sleazy tale of elder abuse….

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