Update from editor, Monday, Nov. 21
Good morning, and happy Thanksgiving week. Thanks for all your insights and comments. We've moved the link to this discussion off the latimes.com home page to the California page, so if you're trying to direct anyone to this chat, please have them click on California, and they will see a continuing link to this discussion on the California page. One participant in the chat this morning asked how his church in LaVerne might start a program for providing conservator services to the elderly. One advantage to a totally unregulated system is that anybody can jump in. I would recommend going to the website maintained by the Professional Fiduciary Association of California, the group representing professional conservators, and gaining access to PFAC's conservators handbook. Once you've read and digested that, you need to pay a $385 fee and have a criminal background check. Then, once you've found an attorney who can draw up the necessary court documents, and you can begin serving as a conservator. I think it would be a marvelous service for a church to offer its elderly members, or to the elderly in its community. There is certainly a large and growing need for these services, especially for those who do not have a lot of money.
Thanks again for your interest. We'll continue monitoring this discussion. I'm hoping the reporters who wrote Guardians for Profit, the real experts, will begin answering some questions and commenting this week. All best regards, Vernon Loeb