Editor’s note: Investigative journalist Diane Dimond, whose weekly syndicated column on crime and justice appears in the Journal, is preparing a book on the nation’s elder guardianship system. It’s a system designed to protect the elderly from the unscrupulous. But as Dimond discovered, it can be dominated by a core group of court-appointed, for-profit professionals who are accused of isolating family members and draining the elders’ estates. New Mexico is no exception.
This is a five-part Albuquerque Journal series that printed from Nov. 26- Dec. 1, 2016
- Part One: Who guards the guardians?
- Part Two: Court appointees have incredible power
- Part Three: Family members say they were shut out
- Part Four: Family members feel helpless when court takes control
- Part Five: Children feel steamrolled as parents’ estates disappear
- Fixing a well-meaning but flawed guardian system
You can contact her at www.DianeDimond.com; e-mail to Diane@DianeDimond.com
March 2017: More on Who Guards the Guardians:
Advocates frustrated at stonewall they encounter