“If you are elderly and haven’t legally arranged for someone to take care of things for you should you become incapacitated, a state court can give a total stranger complete control over your life savings, your home and even which medicines you are given. It’s a system that has led to a cottage industry of paid professional guardians managing the affairs of our elderly ―  a role traditionally performed by a spouse, adult children or other close relatives or friends. And sadly it has often been abused.”

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