July 10, 2015 by Robin
My parents Ed and Marion grew up in the United States and served our country during World War II. My mother worked in the war plant. My father was wounded in the Battle of the Coral Sea was one hundred percent disabled and so received a pension. My parents married in 1950. Ed and Marion raised 7 children. Marion worked for 20 years as supervisor of housekeeping at National Jewish Hospital and Lowry AFB. They purchased 6 properties, cars, and motorcycles from police auctions, and eventually owned the biggest antique car collection in Colorado (115 cars). They built an empire worth over 5 million dollars. My parents planned carefully to preserve their legacy. They found an attorney in Denver who specializes in estate planning, who recommended a revocable trust, which could be amended during my father’s lifetime, and became irrevocable upon his death. This was to ensure our family followed his wishes and maintained control of his assets. The American Dream turned into a Probate Nightmare. Arapahoe Probate Court took our family trust. All assets were liquidated and monies paid to court officials and attorneys. All it takes is one arguing family member to contest your will or for you to become incapacitated! Your children’s college funds, businesses, properties, cars, family homes, prized possessions, everything gone! Your surviving parent, spouse, or your incapacitated family member can become a ward to probate. Court officials can then take control of your loved one, often denying family visits. Your personal money is drained as you are forced to hire attorneys to defend what used to be yours. Your family can be evicted from their homes, your loved ones can be isolated, held against their will, and medicated. Court officials can threaten you with contempt charges if you seek justice and you can be falsely accused even though you have done nothing wrong, restraining orders can be enforced while the legacy you built dwindles away.
If this happens to you there is very little you can do to stop it individually. This is why it is important to become active through groups like NASGA (National Association to Stop Guardian Abuse) Coffergroup.org (Coalition Of Families For Elder Rights) AAAPG.NET (Americans Against Abusive Probate Guardians)
Litigate, Liquidate, Isolate, Medicate, Steal the Estate, Not Hesitate