I have been contacted about the
situation of a lady in NC; she is someone I have corresponded
with for some years; Much of her life has been devoted to
helping others and fighting scams. My contact says the lady has
now been caught in a scam, following two strokes:
"Some of you may have heard about a guardianship scam. Here’s
how it works: lawyers find out about a person in ill health,
particularly if they are mentally or verbally impaired, and who
has no local relatives. The lawyer then goes to a (often
crooked) clerk of the court and gets them to sign the
authorization for a guardianship of that person and their
assets. The person then cannot act on his or her own behalf, and
has no further rights, for all intents and purposes. The lawyer
seizes their home, their financial accounts, and their credit,
and takes total control — even over their body."
The urgent need is to find a lawyer or organisation competent to
deal in this area; it is, apparently, either "... guardianships
but this probably falls under the heading of elder law. "
If anyone has any suggestions that might help I will be pleased
to pass them on.