Keep Marise in her Home is a Facebook page started by Julie London Ferguson in her desperate attempt to save her mother, Marise, who is currently and wrongfully under the guardianship of Lutheran Services. Why? For money…if there was none, these people would be nowhere near her. Should these strangers be guardians of this beautiful sweet woman? Of course not, but our judicial system is so incredibly corrupt that the removal of an individual’s freedom happens in the blink of an eye.
I was raised Lutheran and my Mom attended St. David’s Lutheran Church in Massapequa Park every week. I wrote and called my mother’s pastor begging for his help to save her from the abusive guardianship she was locked in. I asked for help in getting her out of the assisted living facility and nursing homes she was locked up in. He refused to help. I wrote to Lutheran Services and asked for help. They ignored both my letter and phone call. At the time, I was unaware that they were part of the problem.
I am ashamed of what people do in the name of a religion I respected and believed in. The Lutheran Services of America states on their website that their core values are as follows:
LSA’s Core Values are:
- We are guided by God’s call to love and serve our neighbors.
- We honor all with dignity and respect, recognizing the diversity of people, communities and ideas.
- We are responsible stewards of resources and relationships.
- We pursue innovative solutions to complex problems facing members and society.
How can this corporation possibly state all of this when they are complicit in taking away the God-given rights of other human beings? When a person or corporation claims they “honor all with dignity and respect”, then their behavior needs to be ethical and they must comply with the laws. One of those laws states that where there is a willing and capable family member then they need to allow that family member to be guardian and/or co-guardian and not fight that individual. They have no right to put a loving and truthful daughter of the person they claim they are helping on the defensive. They have no right to state without facts and without merit that Marise’s daughter, Julie, is not willing or capable to care for her Mom. Any negative comments that the paid staff is saying is not the truth. Why are they trying to distract from the main issue by trying to throw a loving family member under the bus? It is against the compliances of a non-profit to hang onto Marise. She needs to be living with her daughter who is more than willing, able and capable of caring for her mother.
Please listen to Julie tell her story on Sarasota Talk Radio.
This is a Facebook post by Julie London Ferguson August 8, 2014.
I was happy to get the opportunity to see my Mom twice yesterday. Early in the morning and later at night. When you do a radio program, you have to go back in time and relive a lot of the nightmare. One thing I didn’t mention on the show was not important, but I’ll mention it here. During the Guardianship test that I took and passed, the instructor was an attorney from the notoriously bad Pinellas County section. When he talked about inventory, he actually was ‘giddy’ when describing a stamp collection that was found in an elder man’s home. He was talking about how to value it. Of course he was happy – that stamp collection was going to pay HIS fees and the Guardian’s. Not be passed down in a family. This is why guardianships are called: Transfers of Wealth. My Mom’s paintings are inventory. Guardians raid people’s homes to get out valuables or do ‘inventory’. It is an extremely frightening process for the confused elderly person. Mom’s nest egg (in the five figures) that she saved so she’d be taken care of in her elderly years was gone in a week. Can you imagine how frightened we’d be to have a LOT of people forcing their way into your home – locks being changed – and people rifling through all your things? I remember the guardian telling Mom to sign for the $25.00 she was going to give her. This was after I told my lawyer that Mom had NO money for months. (Of course I spent my and my husband’s own $$’s…now in the thousands for Mom.) Mom stated: “Let me understand this…You want me to sign for my own money? No way.” I questioned how people declared incapacitated sign for their own money. Anyway, that’s what we learned in class. Family – with a history of trying to PROTECT a parent’s money…with a history of paying bills ON TIME, family members named Power of Attorneys and want to take care of their own parent should be able to. Anything less is a crime to humanity and our most vulnerable citizens. Instead of seeing our elderly as brave souls who have weathered life’s storms and deserve respect, the bad see them as ‘cash cows’. I believe that is why once in a guardianship, they never get out. No one gets out.
Across the country an American Horror Story is unfolding as massive numbers of elderly individuals who have committed the heinous crime of [aging with assets], now find themselves in probate court and officially declared dead in the law by virtue of being declared an incompetent ward of the state. This is human trafficking sanctioned by not only the courts, but also by congresses, both state and federal who are well aware of these organized criminal activities, but who refused to acknowledge or act to defend the elderly from these predators.
This fictional declaration of death via probate court, is a careful construct patterned after the organized crime rings operating in family courts. In one court we abduct, sell and trade minor children, and in the other we abduct, sell and exploit the lives and finances of the elderly. Everyone involved, from the so-called protection agencies, judges, commercial predatory guardians, medical providers, hospitals, nursing homes and walls of unethical and immoral attorneys, line up to take a piece of the pie.
The pie can also be comprised of the monetary value in the Medicare/Medicaid system where targeted victims can be worth a million or more in inflated medical charges, padded medical billing, padded bills for doctors, insurance payments, thefts of social security benefits, VA benefits and whatever else may be out there in the way of grants, funding and subsidy.
Many times the “pie” can be comprised of liquid assets, stocks, bonds, property, valuable art and jewelry…..all of which can disappear into the accounts and pockets of the predators just as fast as the facilitating probate judge can declare the individual not only dead in the law, but incompetent as well.
Guardian and ward: legal definition
A guardian must take inventory and collect all the assets of the ward. Where permitted by law, title is taken in the ward’s name. Otherwise, the guardian owns the property “as guardian” for the ward, which indicates that the guardian has the legal right to hold or sell the property but must not use it for his or her personal benefit. The guardian must determine the value of the property and file a list of assets and their estimated value with the court. The guardian must collect the assets promptly, and is liable to the ward’s estate for any loss incurred owing to a failure to act promptly. (emphasis added)
Unfortunately, for those guardianized, the legal right to hold or sell property now claimed by the predatory commercial guardian, is used to benefit the predator personally. Promptness as described in the legal definitions, is taken to new heights as predatory commercial guardians move at the speed of light to begin re-titling of property, seizure of accounts, transferring of personal funds, liquidation of any remaining assets; all of it ending up in the accounts or in the name of the predator, an attorney and/or a working partner to whom the properties are sold for pennies on the dollar.
This system of legalized grand larceny conducted by state agencies, attorneys, predator guardians, corrupt probate judges and other agencies and actors, is condoned and covered up by higher court judges and those phony judicial oversight boards that exist in every situation.
- Fees or fraud? Mobile County Probate Court says solicitation letters not illegal, just ill-advised (al.com)
- Attorneys: State officials hired company to auction hospitalized Rockland man’s possessions for well below value (bangordailynews.com)
- Wife not allowed to care for wealthy husband (sacbee.com)
- DHHS often sells property owned by people in its care for well below assessed values (bangordailynews.com)
- Movement to reform predatory guardianships (ppjg.me)
- Wards win back their right to vote (japantimes.co.jp)
- 5 Questions to Ask Before Writing Your Will (quicken.intuit.com)
The frustration and heartbreak and anger of those whose loved ones are being held in abusive guardianships are growing in leaps and bounds. I receive many calls and e-mails and letters from people desperate to tell their story. They tell me how they cried after reading about my Mom, they tell me how they could not bear to watch my mother pleading for release from captivity, and they offer me their condolences over and over again. Some wish to remain anonymous, for now. Others tell me that because I went public with my story it gave them courage to go public with their own horrific tale of abuse. They are no longer afraid.
This is the story of one such woman. Through many e-mails and phone calls, through tears and gasps and starts and stops; through crying and anger and yelling and absolute frustration and shock, I finally heard her story; a story that should have been reported in the mainstream media, on the evening news and headlines in all of the local and national newspapers. The media was notified in this case, as it was in my mother’s case, but once again, they completely ignored this story as well. After what I personally have seen and been through and after all of the stories I have heard, I thought nothing would surprise me anymore. But each story carries its own unique tale, its own DNA, its own pain and heartbreak. And each and every story breaks my heart just a little bit more, while making my determination to fight for justice even stronger.
Joan Pezzollo is a loving daughter desperate to save her mother. She is an intelligent and articulate woman who holds a masters degree in sociology and psychology; the wife of a prominent doctor; the mother of five children and two stepsons; the beloved daughter of Marilyn Ingrisani of Carle Place, a woman who is currently under the guardianship of George Esernio, an attorney with Albanese and Albanese in Garden City, NY. She is another victim of the extraordinarily corrupt judicial system of Nassau County in Long Island, New York.
This is part one of Joan’s story and her long and painful ordeal.
May 20, 2013
by Joan Pezzollo
“My parents had all of their paperwork in order. I am the executrix of their living will and estate, in addition to their power of attorney and irrevocable health care proxy. They trusted me implicitly and wanted to be certain they were taken care of should anything ever happen to them. After my Dad passed away in 2001, my mother kept her house but spent significant periods of time with me and my family in my home. Once I became pregnant with my twins, in February 2008, my mother moved in with me, going back to her home only to retrieve mail. We put a down payment together on a beautiful home with a mother-in-law suite so we could live together. I gave birth to my twins in October of 2008 and within the next few months my family and I moved into our new home. Mom did not make the move with us because she still had to sell her house along with her condo in Florida.
After I gave birth, I hired a baby nurse to help me. When she left for a holiday in Trinidad for three weeks a woman by the name of Rachel replaced her for that time period. She and my mother got along very well. She told me that she was a med student on leave of absence from Columbia and a home health aide. After the Christmas holidays Mom made plans to go to Florida to pack up her condo and put it on the market for sale. Her dementia and her health were steadily declining and I did not want her traveling alone and I was unable to go because I was breastfeeding my twins.
I received a call from Rachel around that time and she volunteered to make the trip with my mother. I had not done a background check on her but I believed she was qualified and Mom loved her so I felt secure enough to allow that. In February of 2009, my mother and Rachel flew to Florida, all at my mother’s expense.
While in Florida, Rachel placed a phone call to me on behalf of my mother. At the time Mom’s dementia was such that she had great difficulty remembering telephone numbers and using the phone to call out. Rachel told me my mother wanted to speak with me. As soon as my mother got on the phone she started yelling at me and accusing me of stealing her money from her Sun Trust account. This was an account that had been closed down years earlier by my father’s financial advisor; an account that I never had access to. Mom had forgotten that the account no longer existed but no matter what I said she did not believe me. What I did not know at the time was that Rachel had figured out how wealthy my mother was and was doing everything she could to pull my mother away from me. During that trip, Rachel somehow convinced my mother that her grandchildren and I were after her money. She also fabricated a story stating that I was in collusion with a friend of mine, a doctor, to have my mother killed. Somehow Rachel had even turned the rest of my family away from me.
They returned from that trip on Easter Sunday, 2009. Rachel brought my mother to my home and Mom gave me a painting as a housewarming gift. She refused to interact with anyone in the family. It was obvious to everyone there that a substantial personality shift had taken place. My husband and I were very concerned. Immediately after that trip Rachel moved into my mother’s house and her plans of moving in with me and selling her home were cancelled.
By either April or May of 2009, Rachel had convinced my mother to make her power of attorney. Rachel took my mother to see a lawyer by the name of Joel Kaplan. She presented herself as an aide and made up a story that Marilyn Ingrasani no longer wanted anything to do with her daughter or her grandchildren and she wanted her daughter’s power of attorney revoked. Joel Kaplan did not reach out to me; he did not ask for any documents or proof; he did not contact my parent’s attorney; he did not question anything. He simply took a check from my mother for $7500.00 and issued the necessary paperwork. I found out about this in June 2009 when I received a letter in the mail from the attorney. I tried to visit my mother but Rachel would not allow me in the house. We went to the police and when they arrived my mother told them she wanted me out of there. They did nothing and left.
My mother physically assaulted me in front of Rachel. I stood there and put my hands over my head and just allowed her to hit me. My husband video recorded this while Rachel just stood there and watched. It was obvious that my mother had suffered some sort of a psychotic break because our relationship had always been close and loving. I immediately hired a lawyer and applied for guardianship. That is how I ended up in Judge Joel Asarch’s courtroom.”
Part Two: Judge Asarch appoints a guardian