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Report: Legal Guardian System Fails Many Ohioans

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A newspaper reports that the court-appointed guardian system created to help Ohio’s elderly and mentally disabled residents and children has failed many it serves and allows unscrupulous guardians to rob their wards of freedom, dignity and money.

The Columbus Dispatch ( ) reported Sunday that its investigation of the system shows that even judges overseeing it believe the process is broken.

The newspaper reports the system has ripped apart families, rendered the mentally ill voiceless, and left some elderly Ohioans dying penniless in nursing homes. Probate judges in Ohio’s 88 counties direct the system without detailed state guidelines and often amid overloaded court dockets.

A committee designated by the Ohio Supreme Court to devise new rules has proposed changes that the court is scheduled to decide on after June 25.

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Information from: The Columbus Dispatch,

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