So happy to tell your readers how I was restored. My sincere appreciation to a fair and objective neurologist from Northfield, Il. who took his time to listen to my story and agreed I did not need a guardian. This letter from him was the ticket out of the system. Immediately, my money was returned and my property. It took months for the mail to get back to me. It all started with a letter from a neurologist in Hinsdale, who was not fair or objective, and is now facing legal action.
The court seems to act on direction of the physician, without a medical doctor. I doubt people would find themselves as property in the for-profit and legal swindle of guardianship. The one thing that baffled me and still does: the ward is not even given basic competency tests. It should be required before the judge gives your rights, money and mail up to anyone, or in my case everyone. My daughter, her two lawyers. The OPG (office of public guardian) caseworkers, more lawyers, the GAL (guardian ad litem) and finally my attorney who admitted I was high functioning – normal as any one of them – and more so than some. I showed up at every court date for two years, while I worked a full time job, and wrote letters of complaint to all organizations I could think of. I was on a mission to beat the system and get my life back. Nothing was gonna stop me; I was determined. It cost me and plenty, but it worked. Freedom really is priceless.
Also, the only agency that was even willing to act on the behalf of the ward is “Equip for Equality”.
So, that is the end of two years of fighting, stunning legal fees and the family I used to depend on – the same family that used to depend on me. I miss my grandsons and hope someday things are different. And final thanks goes to the attorney who took my med malpractice case to court.