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Letters to the editor, July 1, 2014

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Posted: Monday, June 30, 2014 9:00 pm

Did you know that elders can lose their civil rights to freedom, legal capacity and property in New Mexico? Elders can be declared “incapacitated” in probate court. All it takes is an emergency petition to the court on hearsay. Court appointees who work together on case after case all stand to benefit from the elder’s seized assets, and yet they are the ones who are supposedly objective in determining what is in the “best interest” of the elder. That can mean selling off the elder’s house and assets to pay their salaries. Elders can be isolated from family members in a nursing home. If families try to free the elder, the court-appointed guardian can use the elder’s assets to fight back. It’s the worst financial gang rape of elders imaginable documented in all 50 states. And there is no oversight of this activity outside the courtroom. Learn more: www.facebook.com/boomersbeware.

Marcia Southwick

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