Doug Franks joins us this evening to discuss the new laws along with the formation of the Office of Public & Private Guardians (OPPG) in Florida. The OPPG was started in 2016, but by 2019 almost everyone had exited the office. Noting that the OPPG will have zero effect on stopping others from being targeted and abused in the probate system, Doug has been an outspoken advocate for change. Doug became involved when his own mother was taken hostage by these predators who operate freely and openly in Florida. FREE ERNESTINE became the hallmark of Doug's public campaign to free his mother from this probate imposed, captivity.
SB994 and HB709
Both bills were supposed to be a major step in reforming what is nothing more than a government approved system of human trafficking for profit. Across the country, families and organizations have been fighting for years to halt the kidnapping, isolation, psychological abuse and theft of assets that occurs via probate tribunals. These bills might have provided a good starting point, but after being passed the state BAR Associations came in through the back door and had any language that might have held them accountable or subjected them to any repercussions, removed. The bills are now just more fluff and buff to make you think they are actually going to protect seniors from this type of exploitation.