By: Rana Goodman
“If you have someone named in your will or trust to be the executor of that trust should you die, or become incapacitated, you have nothing to worry about.”
Another attorney stated: “Even if one’s children live out of state, they can be named as guardian in a will. This can be used to select a guardian even if the person is still alive, and in that event, the public guardian won’t be able to swoop in and take over.”
My question to all: What right does ANYONE HAVE telling you, me, or any law abiding citizen where we can, or cannot go; who we can live with, and where we can live, whenever we chose to? We do still live in the United States, don’t we? I realize this topic is very confusing because when it comes to legal matters we all tend to do the same thing - pick up the phone and call our attorneys. However when it comes to "Guardians" we have the "insiders" working the system for their selfish, financial gain.
"They" (and I will have more details about "them" in future editions) have been lining their pockets at the expense of unwitting seniors for a very long time. There is a lot of work ahead to expose these leeches and how they "game" the system to the detriment of seniors, but we must all make sure that we put our family first.
It defies all logic that the Nevada state legislature would deny and exclude our adult children from caring for us in our final years - based solely on where they live. And yet, the law states that an out of state resident cannot serve as guardian, even if everyone in the family wants otherwise.
Let’s face it, we work all of our lives to build a nest egg, (no matter the final value) and what we don't manage to spend before our demise should be our decision - not some stranger that a court “thinks” can care for us, or would do a better job (with legal and administrative fees deducted, of course) than our children or siblings.
It does make you question why "they" placed such exclusion in the first place - unless the "insiders" wanted to restrict relatives from questioning what happened to the elder relative's estate. After all, everyone knows those fees can add up pretty quickly. What can you do? This is what I believe is the first step. My suggestion is easy, effective and requires no heavy lifting. It will have an unbelievable, immediate impact on the Nevada Legislature; and, best yet – will only take you (less than) 1 minute.
It is a petition to change the law (NRS 159.0595) and to strike the provision prohibiting out-of-state relatives to qualify as our guardians. There is no logical, rational or meaningful reason why your adult child cannot serve as your guardian simply because they are not a Nevada resident. Just fill out the petition, and email it to me. Or mail if you prefer, The Vegas Voice, 10624 S. Eastern Ave. #A-250 Henderson, NV 89052.