Court Documents and Case Evidence.
NASGA has gained exclusive access to court documents and evidence collected by the research team for the August 23, 2019 expose of Michigan’s Oakland County Probate Court, The Fortress.
They are uploaded here.
Each of the documents has been redacted from identifying information and any sensitive medical records and includes a brief summary and commentary to help readers navigate through them.
We welcome our members to submit their own court documents and case-evidence for upload to the website.
This will not only help visitors gain a clear understanding of the way a judge and appointed guardian has functioned in your case but will be a real advantage to journalists and media outlets seeking cases or a particular case to cover.
Court documents can be submitted via email to email@example.com. Please include a brief summary of your case. If the documents are too large for emails, Gretchen will talk you through uploading them to a Google Drive.
In order to protect family members/friends submitting the documents from any retaliatory court action and to respect the protected individual’s privacy, it is imperative that all records are thoroughly redacted before you submit them
This means that you must black-out any and all:
Addresses (city and state can stay in).
Phone numbers (personal or the number of a nursing facility)
Social security numbers.
Bank account numbers and account balances
If you have any questions concerning what should be removed, NASGA will respond to them promptly.
You can redact your documents using a PDF editor or a thick, black magic marker before scanning the documents to your computer and emailing them over. Make sure there are no other documents under the page you are marking.
NASGA will verify that necessary information has been redacted before uploading them to the website. All documents sent to NASGA are done so in complete confidentiality. Only those that members are comfortable sharing will be uploaded following a redaction review.
Share Your Story.
NASGA has opened up its YouTube channel for members to share videos of their own stories. Each video will be highlighted both on the website and social media and will also be accessible to the media.
If you are using an iPhone or Android device to record your story, please be sure to keep it horizontal rather than vertical (preferred by media outlets) and avoid shaking the camera. This can be achieved with a stand or by placing the camera against on and against a hard surface elevated to face level. Use the zoom feature to go back and forth rather than physically moving the camera.
Please keep your videos under 15 minutes in length and remember to keep it simple. You can tell the story yourselves, through an interview with your loved one or a combination. Try to stick to the following elements:
How the guardianship occurred and to whom (first names only).
City and State the guardianship is in.
Events which took/have taken place during the guardianship.
Current status of the case.
Do not submit recordings of court procedures taken without the express permission of your probate/family court. Similarly, do not submit recordings inside nursing facilities which show any identifying information or the address of the facility or the faces of any employees.
Once your video is completed, email firstname.lastname@example.org and she will help you upload it to Google Drive.
NASGA will review all submissions before inclusion on the channel.
Take the survey.
Created by Paul and Connie Groe, the family of a guardianship abuse victim in Minneapolis, MN, this survey [INSERT LINK] is the most comprehensive to be circulated for public participation and will prove invaluable in forwarding the mission of NASGA, and indeed advocates nationwide, by raising critically needed awareness regarding the scope of the issue.
Some of the questions will not pertain to your case, so feel free to skip those.
Answer the rest as succinctly as possible.
All survey responses will be treated with the utmost confidentiality. If you would like yours published on the website, email email@example.com.
NASGA will be certain to redact any identifying information/sensitive medical records before publication.
The gathering of data nationwide and garnering the interest of the media has been a consistent problem in educating the public about an issue which is exponentially growing with few legislative solutions.
These new initiatives represent a tremendous step forward in solving that problem and NASGA wishes to thank all members in advance for their participation.
Those individuals who are not NASGA members but would like to participate in the program can do so by clicking here.