"It was once said that the moral test of government is how that government treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the elderly; and those who are in the shadows of life, the sick, the needy and the handicapped."


Hubert H. Humphery




Probate Watch was founded by people whose lives and loved ones have been impacted by the probate court and guardianship system.


There is a lot of information on guardianship/conservatorship corruption that has been collected by many dedicated people.  The goal of this web site it to provide a starting point that you can use locate a wealth of information that others have created to expose and educate you on the corruption.


If your family or loved ones has been affected the probate court system and guardianship/conservatorship, we want to hear your story.



Beyond Britney


The #FreeBritney movement had done a lot to help expose the abuses by the guardianship/conservatorship systems.  However, this is not limited to just celebrities with massive estates like Britney.  Every day seniors and other vulnerable adults are being forced into court ordered guardianships and conservatorships. 


Most of this goes on without the public even knowing that it is happening.  Too often families go looking for help after it is too late.  People do not realize that almost everyone is at risk. 


We need help from everyone to share this information through social media and demand that our elected officials and law enforcement act to truly protect our loved ones.


Please listen to and share these links:


Deception of Protection:
This video produced by Teresa Kennedy, co-founder of Elder Dignity, explains how seniors and other vulnerable adults are placed under professional guardianships/conservatorships.


Deception of Protection: Anatomy of an Involuntary Guardianship - YouTube


Slam the Gavel:

Sam Sugar, M.D. Speaks Out On The Beginning, The Middle And The End Of Abusive Guardianships


Sam Sugar, M.D., Discusses How To Prevent Guardianships, What To Do To Prevent And When You Can't



Sam Sugar, M.D., Sam Sugar, M.D. Discusses THE EQUITY COURT MEAT GRINDER





Articles from BuzzFeedNews:

This series of 3 articles from BuzzFeedNews highlights how guardianship exploitation extends well beyond what is in the news about Britney. Several professional guardians are exposed including one from Minnesota who is responsible for many vulnerable adults but had pleaded guilty to domestic assault of her own son in 2004.

Beyond Britney: Abuse, Exploitation, And Death Inside America’s Guardianship Industry
They Both Fought To Break Free From Guardianship. Only One Escaped.
My Human Rights Are Being Violated”: Fighting A Family Conservatorship


Here Are 8 Major Takeaways From BuzzFeed News’ Investigation Into Guardianships


US Senate hearing on “Toxic Conservatorships: The Need for Reform”. 

On Tuesday, September 28, 2021 the US Senate Subcommittee on The Constitution held a hearing on “Toxic Conservatorships: The Need for Reform”.  There hearing was held by senators Cruz and Blumenthal and testimony was given by individuals with experience dealing with guardianship/conservatorship abuses including a guardianship victim who was placed under guardianship after an automobile accident.    

Senate page with transcripts of testimonies:



Youtube video:





Please take our guardianship survey:


If you have had personal experience with guardianship/conservatorships, we want to hear your story of how the probate court system has affected your life and the life of your loved one.


These family’s stories and data are needed to expose what is happening to our vulnerable adults and help lobby our legislatures and state organizations to drive change. We need help to show the need for additional legislation to protect our seniors, respect their rights and show how existing laws are being violated.


Our on-line survey is intended to help identify areas where there needs to be reform in the guardianship/conservatorship system. The survey is designed to collect statistics supporting the need for reforms and also provide details on how seniors and families have been affected. Your input is valuable to us and we encourage you to participate.


Survey Link: Guardianship and Conservatorship


Note: Our surveys use Google form documents. Some company IT systems block access to these documents. If you have problems accessing the survey, please try using a different computer, tablet or smart phone.


Contact us: ProbateWatchMN@gmail.com




Exploitation by the Guardianship Industry


There is beginning to be more and more exposed throughout the country on how professional guardianships are exploiting and causing harm to the very vulnerable adults that they are supposed to protect. If you are able, we recommend you watch the following stories.


Brittney Spears Documentaries:

The New York Times has released multiple documentaries on the Brittney Spears conservatorship. They can be watched on the New York Times web site and a variety of other streaming services.
Framing Brittney Spears

Framing Brittney Spears:



Controlling Brittney Spears:



Guardians Inc.: (Netflix- Dirty Money series)


This Netflix episode on guardianship abuse has been removed from Netflix due to a defamation lawsuit by one of the attorneys featured in the episode. 


Esquire – Dirty Money Series Tackles Guardianship


The Guardians: (Amazon Prime)


This documentary produced by Billy Mitz is about guardianship abuse in Nevada, but these same things are occurring in Minnesota and in other states across the country.

Trailer -  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t8a9fyAcM8I

I Care a Lot: (Netflix)


While this is a fictional story and the plot line related to a family connected to the Russian mafia is not realistic, the first part of the movie does depict things that are actually happening to seniors by the guardianship industry across the country.


Trailer – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D40uHmTSPew


The Guardian Article: 99% Of the world has no idea


Edith and Eddy: (Amazon Prime)

This is a true documentary about an elderly interracial couple that were married in their nineties after being together for 10 years.  However, they were separated by a court ordered guardian.


Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kz_A8LqcNEw


Guardianship Advocacy Web Sites


There are multiple organizations that have formed across the United States with the goal of informing the public about the systematic guardianship abuse occurring across the country and help drive change. Most of these organizations have been formed by people that have personally experienced the abuse of family members or other loves ones by professional guardianships.




NASGA – National Association to Stop Guardian Abuse:


The NASGA web site also has a “Victims” page where you can read the stories about many guardianship victims and also add the story of your loved one.


NASGA Website: stopguardianabuse.org


AAAPG – Americans Against Abusive Guardianships.


Founded by Dr. Sam Sugar who authored an extensive book about how guardianships exploit vulnerable adults.


Amazon: Guardianship and the Elderly – The Perfect Crime


Dr Sugar has retired and shut down his AAAPG organization.  However, an archive of his web site along with a lot of his information can be found at:


AAAPG Website Archive: aaapg.net/


CEAR – Center for Estate Administration Reform


Founded by Rick and Teri Black after Teri’s father was taken hostage, isolated from family and eventually died under a professional guardian in Las Vegas.  Rick also appeared in the documentary The Guardians.


CLEAR Website: cearjustice.org


Elder Dignity


Co-Founded by Teresa Kennedy after her mother was placed under guardianship.

Elder Dignity Website: https://elderdignity.org


Kasem Cares


This organization was founded by the daughter of Casey Kasem.


Kasem Cares Website: https://www.kasemcares.org



Coalition Against Senior Exploitation and Abuse


Case-Abuse Website: https://www.case-abuse.org/


Guardian Abuse Cases:






Blogs and Social Media About Guardianship


There are also numerous blogs, Radio shows and Facebook pages dedicated to exposing the exploitation and abuse of seniors and other vulnerable adults.


Boomers Against Guardianship Abuse:


Facebook Group: Boomers against Guardianship Abuse


Elders Against Guardianship:


Facebook Group: Elders Against Guardianship


Families Against Court Embezzlement Unethical Standards F.A.C.E.U.S:


Facebook Group: Families Against Court Embezzlement Unethical Standards F.A.C.E.U.S.


Marti Oakley/TS Radio:


BlogtalkRadio: Marti Oakley & TS Radio Online Radio | BlogTalkRadio



Guardianship Reform Advocate:


Facebook Group: Guardianship Reform Advocate


FB Probate Warriors


Facebook Group: FB Probate Warriors


Murdered By Hospice


Facebook Group: Murdered By Hospice


End Fraudulent Guardianships


Facebook Group: End Fraudulent Guardianships



News and Media Stories


There is starting to be some coverage in the media about guardianship abuse, but it mostly goes unreported. 


Minnesota Stories:


I-just-want-to-go-home: Inside-a-minnesota-womans-fight-to-overturn-a-guardianship


From BuzzFeedNews:   Three-part Investigation on Guardianship abuse:


Beyond Britney: Abuse, Exploitation, And Death Inside America’s Guardianship Industry


They Both Fought To Break Free From Guardianship. Only One Escaped.


Just Like #FreeBritney: Fighting A Family Conservatorship



More News and Media Stories:

Denver7 News Story on Guardianship


Guardianship: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)


The New Yorker: Britney Spears’s Conservatorship Nightmare


Dr. Gina - Fighting Estate Theft


Huffington Post: Is Elder Guardianship A New Form Of Human Trafficking?


Deception of Protection: Anatomy of an Involuntary Guardianship - YouTube


The Fortress Part One of Five: Unacknowledged and Unprotected. (dailykos.com)


ABC 10: Investigating-California-Conservatorships-The-Price-of-Care-Series