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June 20, 2003

“Amen!” to WashPost Editorial on Guardians

Filed under: pre-06-2006 — David Giacalone @ 11:16 pm

In an editorial today (06/20/03) titled Guardians or Goof-Offs? the Washington Post aptly summarizes the findings of its two-part investigative report on the D.C. probate court and then clearly focuses on the most crucial issues raised and remaining:

It helps that training and performance standards for probate lawyers are now in place and that eligible probate guardians and conservators are being screened. It may also improve matters now that court officials will strictly enforce audit schedules and reporting requirements. But the series raises the possibility that cozy relationships between some judges and the lawyers they appoint may work against guardians and conservators faithfully performing their fiduciary roles in behalf of their clients. That is an issue that leaders of the Superior Court, the D.C. Court of Appeals and the D.C. Office of Bar Counsel, which prosecutes ethical violations, should examine promptly. Confidence in the legal system, and the Superior Court’s ability to protect the vulnerable, hang in the balance.

Amen! And, thanks to the Post for bringing this scandal to light. Read more at the Post’s Special Guardians Page, and in our postings on June 14 and 19, 2003.

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