The legislature recognizes the need for possible changes in the guardianship system — both to make guardians more available when needed and to improve the quality of guardianship which is uneven. We have proposed a formal study of the situation.
I never worried about abuse of the power by government until 2012. Someone I loved very dearly was subjected to abuse by a professional guardian appointed by the Probate Court. I was also subjected to abuse. In practice, there was no recourse to the power of the guardian. There were no checks and balances. There was no accountability.
Someone that I loved very dearly was subjected to severe abuse by the Probate Court. I was also subjected to abuse. I survived. Gretchen did not. The lasting damage done to me by this experience was the destruction of my belief that people do not have to fear abuse by government in the United States.