KEEP IN MIND as you Read that Judge John Phillips placed an ILLEGAL, Unadjudicated Court Ordered Guardianship over Adults in the case of the Estate of Simon Bernstein, with total disregard for Florida Guardian Statutes. And the irony there is that the Guardian he appointed is former Judge Diana Lewis, who herself seems to have been part of the Guardianship schemes when she was a Judge appointing what seems to be predatory guardians. Guardian Diana Lewis KNOWS full well with many years of professional experience that she is NOT backed by Florida Statutes / Law to be a Guardian without a proper hearing or petition and cannot be Guardians of Adults without ruling them incapacitated. Yet she is making decisions on Estate matters / on Settlements and Big Money, without the Legal standing to do so and the Judges in the cases, well they seem to be doing NOTHING about it, thus far.
"Courtnay also was charged in August with five counts of exploitation of her mother in Olmsted County, Minnesota, accused of siphoning off more than $188,000 to buy a fleet of vehicles.
On Monday, when Courtnay failed to show for a hearing on her guardianship challenge, Circuit Judge Rosemarie Scher dismissed her pleadings and her challenge against the trust. She found Mary Montgomery well cared for by the guardian, said Mitch Kitroser, Cramer’s attorney."
"Embroiled in a fight to unwind a court-ordered guardianship and a financial trust for her mother, Courtnay Montgomery was arrested as Palm Beach police allege that she spirited the cars, the wine and the silver to the home of a shooting buddy in St. Lucie County. There are no charges connected with the missing jewelry."
"The irony in both criminal cases is that Courtnay Montgomery is the only heir to her parents’ fortune created by her father. So she is charged with taking property that one day would rightfully be hers."
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The Courts are Whining about missing property, and blaming the only heir? What? oh Yeah Palm Beach County courts wanted to keep the assets so Judges such as Judge Martin Colin could sell the Jewels from his own home, and so MASSIVE money could be siphoned off to Palm County Probate attorneys, and Property of all manner can be divided up among them ALL. Meanwhile the families are tormented and drowning in court hears, predatory guardianship, and fighting for not only their family money but their very life in many cases.
"A gloves-off hearing is set for Monday in front of Palm Beach County Circuit Judge John Phillips"
"Courtnay told The Post she is adamant about protecting her mother.
“Do you know who we are? We got one shot to protect my mom. I’ll tell you what is happening. Staff is taking advantage of my mother. There are some crooked lawyers and crooked accountants. It is bigger than Madoff,” she said before cutting off an interview."
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Judge John Phillips is Corrupt, PERIOD, as far as I see it, because I can READ. All of his Corrupt Rulings should be overturned. He was the head of the Guardianship program and preyed on / tortured families for years and years. He should be in JAIL and families should be compensated where possible.
Regulatory Authority over Professional Guardians
"After a hearing closed to the public and the media, a judge on Monday appointed a professional guardian to oversee the care — as well as the millions of dollars — of Mary Montgomery, the Palm Beach socialite and widow of legal legend Robert Montgomery.
The guardianship of one of the county’s most celebrated philanthropists comes the same month the Florida Legislature passed a bill to establish the state’s first regulatory authority over professional guardians whose ranks have come under fire for gouging the life savings of incapacitated senior citizens through fees for themselves and their legion of attorneys.
The Palm Beach Post’s series in January, Guardianships: A Broken Trust, explored cronyism in the county judiciary that allowed professional guardians to take fees without prior judicial approval and act without fear of reprisal. As a result, one judge was transferred from the guardianship division and reforms were instituted to address conflicts of interest.
The hearing Monday in front of Circuit Judge John Phillips pitted Montgomery’s daughter, Courtnay, against her mother’s long-time administrative aide Hilda Santana.
The Post reported on Sunday that Santana petitioned to become Montgomery’s guardian, stating in court documents that the 85-year-old suffers from dementia. She cited Courtnay’s arrest in Minnesota last October in which the daughter allegedly tried to bite a law enforcement officer checking on her mother’s welfare. Santana said Courtnay was unfit to oversee her mother’s case or her vast finances.
The resolution on Monday came after Montgomery’s attorney Theo Kypreos asked Judge Phillips to close the hearing to the public, which is allowed under the guardianship statute. As a result, a Post reporter and photographer had to leave the courtroom after Phillips denied a hearing sought by The Post on First Amendment grounds.
Neither Montgomery nor Courtnay were present for the proceeding, but attorneys said the daughter agreed to veteran professional guardian John Cramer overseeing Montgomery’s care. Cramer will be assisted by Montgomery’s nephew John Neasen, who lives in Anchorage, Alaska.
Unlike in some guardianships, Montgomery will retain certain legal rights, but it was unknown late Monday which ones or how much her assets will be managed.
She receives $1.5 million every four months stemming from her late husband’s greatest legal triumph: a $11.3 billion settlement with tobacco companies on behalf of the state of Florida. The Montgomerys have given reportedly $100 million to various causes and the arts."
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"A Palm Beach Circuit judge closed the guardianship proceedings on Monday for renowned socialite Mary Montgomery, asking a Palm Beach Post reporter and photographer to leave the courtroom.
Montgomery’s attorney Theo Kypreos invoked a provision of guardianship law to close the proceedings that will delve into whether Montgomery is unable to take care of herself.
The Post requested a hearing in front of Circuit Judge John Phillips and presented case law but to no avail. He said he saw nothing that would supersede Montgomery’s request under guardianship law.
Montgomery was excused from the proceeding on whether she and her multi-millions should remain in the care of her daughter. Her former administration assistant Hilda Santana has petitioned the court to be her guardian, citing Courtnay’s arrest in Minnesota where she allegedly tried to bite a law enforcement officer checking on her mother’s welfare."
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"Judge appoints guardian for philanthropist Montgomery"
IF YOUR FAMILY IS IN PALM BEACH COUNTY FLORIDA GET THEM OUT OR YOUR LIFE WILL BE A LIVING HELL FOR DECADES FIGHTING FOR ASSETS AND BASIC RIGHTS.
Read this Case, Sounds like what it is Alleged that Ted Bernstein has done in the Estate of Simon Bernstein and the Estate of Shirley Bernstein. Ted managed to unwind the True intentions of the Deceased, along with Attorneys Alan Rose, Robert Spallina and Donald Tescher of Palm County Florida.
Assets simply GONE. Jewels missing, real estate Sold to buddies seemingly, money gone, Trusts and Insurance Policies MISSING. Signatures made by the Deceased.
Palm County Florida, Where YOU do NOT WANT TO BE if you have any money you want your heirs to peacefully have or you actual wishes to be carried out by the Palm County Courts.