A probate court judge determines someone is too mentally impaired to handle their own affairs. The judge then appoints caseworkers, attorneys, and bankers to take control. Those people, in turn, help the judges keep their positions during election years through campaign support. It’s a system that can work well when handled properly. It’s also a system that’s abused in courts across the country.
Fort Worth Weekly has spotlighted several examples right here in Tarrant County.
Take Dorothy Luck for example. She’s in her 80s, irascible, outspoken, independent. She also appears to be sharp minded, which is what her doctors stated after testing. So the local court got its own doctor, who noted some slight cognitive difficulties, not much — but enough for the court to take control of her ample assets a couple of years ago. Attorneys and others have sucked hundreds of thousands of dollars from her bank account since then.
Al Jazeera recently came to town and featured Luck in a story. Watch it and see if you think Luck appears to be mentally impaired.