Weak Rules Govern Guardians

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    'I feel like I'm in jail'

    A court is keeping Isabelle Jessich in a nursing home even though a doctor says she's sane, sober and fit to leave. Is this how guardianship laws should work? Updated Apr. 20, 2011

  • They're supposed to be helping those who can no longer make decsions for themselves. But too often, Minnesota's court-appointed guardians and conservators are making things worse for their wards. They steal their money. They ignore their needs. Despite well-documented abuses, the profession remains largely unregulated.

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The former headquarters of Alternate Decision Makers Inc., stands in an industrial area of north Minneapolis.

  • Lawyers still unraveling the case of the thieving conservator

    Article By: JAMES ELI SHIFFER ,Star Tribune Publish July 13, 2014 2:00 AM / Update July 12, 2014 4:00 PM

    The year since then has been a swirl of investigations, audits and court hearings. More signs of wrongdoing by Grisham emerged. A necklace that belonged to the estate of a deceased Minneapolis woman was sold for $1,500. Another woman lost nearly $16,000 in Krugerrands, the famous gold coins from South Africa.

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Eileen Nelson held a photo of her husband, Scott Nelson

  • Power of attorney, yet powerless

    Article By: JAMES ELI SHIFFER , Star Tribune Publish April 19, 2009 2:00 AM / Update April 20, 2011 3:31 PM

    A man suffering from dementia in a St. Louis Park nursing home gave power of attorney to a stranger - and no one told his wife.

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Joseph Langa

U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar talked with Deanna Van de North after Van de North addressed a discussion group Wednesday on shortcomings in the guardianship system, and how they affected her dying mother. Klobuchar has introduced legislation to address such shortcomings nationally.

Isabelle Jessich

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