State Guardianship Commission meets again

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) - A year long Contact 13 Investigation continues to produce results helping make Las Vegas and all of Nevada a better place to live. Contact 13 Chief Investigator Darcy Spears has more on the work underway to fix serious flaws with a system that's supposed to protect the most vulnerable.

Families torn apart, clients double-billed, homes and life savings lost.

That's what our investigation uncovered of the guardianship court where millions of dollars are at stake with little to no oversight. And where a person's dying wishes can be overruled.

After our reports on the devastating impact that guardianship can have on the very people who the system is supposed to serve, the Nevada Supreme Court created a State Guardianship Commission to take a closer look at the problem.

The nearly 30-member commission held its third meeting Wednesday where Chief Justice James Hardesty announced an order for all district courts to "scrub" all active guardianship files and determine which ones can be closed and which ones needed action.

Commissioners also heard from Clark County's Public Guardian and private guardians about how they operate.

And once again they heard from concerned family members fighting for loved ones who were caught-up in abusive cases.

"If my mother had supported decision making for her final days on earth after 93 years, all of her wishes would have easily been obtained," said Marilyn Berquist. "And isn't that how we all want to pass on to the next world? Instead she suffered unbelievable mental pain and distress due to the guardianship system that removed her rights."

The Guardianship Commission will meet again on October 19, 2015 and is expected to wrap up in December. That's when they'll present recommendations for the courts and lawmakers to make sure the system works to better serve those in need and to prevent future abuse.

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