Woman with brain damage exploited in Guardianship

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http://www.nextavenue.org/guardianship-u-s-protection-exploitation/

Guardianship in the U.S.: Protection or Exploitation?

More adults will be at risk of abuse as boomers enter ‘the danger age’


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(Editor’s note: This is Part 1 of a three-part series on guardianship abuses appearing this week on Next Avenue.)

Ginger Franklin was just shy of her 50th birthday when she fell down the stairs of her Nashville-area townhouse in 2008. A marketing representative for Sam’s Club, she was taken to the hospital with a severe brain injury. Doctors weren’t sure if she would survive.

Since Franklin had not designated anyone to make decisions for her if she became incapacitated, and with no immediate family, her aunt was advised to petition the court for a guardian. The guardian, a lawyer appointed…

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