Judge rules mother - Greenwich Time

Judge rules mother - Greenwich Time

There are 6 comments on the Greenwich Time story from Nov 20, 2008, titled Judge rules mother - Greenwich Time. In it, Greenwich Time reports that:

Probate Judge David Hopper has ruled that an 85-year-old former Michigan woman should be returned to her home state and her lease at an assisted care facility terminated.

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Justice for Marilyn

Frisco, TX

#1 Nov 20, 2008
I would like to know why this reporter is only interviewing and quoting Grayson, who is a snake of a lawyer and clearly compromised in this case. Why is there not equal and fair representation from the other (or Marilyn's) side being allowed to be quoted in this article? Also, there should have been further investigation by this reporter before printing incorrect information.

First, Marilyn does not have a formal Alzheimer’s diagnosis but rather vascular dementia, which is hardening of the arteries. On a scale of 1-10 (10 being the worse) she was rated by her doctors at a 1-2. The Alzheimer’s was what Higgins put on her initial "emergency" conservator application to the court, along with the lie that Marilyn was a resident in her home on Hamilton Avenue. Higgins took Marilyn to a doctor in Greenwich (who stated in court they had been personal friends for 8 years) straight off the private plane from Washington to get this “diagnosis” written for court reasons. She told the doctor that Marilyn had Alzheimer’s so the doctor noted it along with her dementia in his report. By the way, this doctor is not a specialist in this area; he is actually listed as a "general family practice".

Second, Marilyn being taken to Washington for medical care? There are absolutely no documents, no medical record and no billing for any medical care that is support of this claim. This should be thoroughly investigated before a reporter states this in her article. Yes, she improved from Washington DC because she wasn't getting adequate care in Washington DC. The Michigan doctor records support she was getting excellent care there before she was taken away.

Third, the only reason Marilyn was deemed "unable to manage her affairs or care for herself" was because Higgins had gotten this sneaky medical report in, along with her falsified court docs, in front of Hopper. Hopper had never even seen Marilyn to make his own assessment when he made this ruling.

It's too bad Grayson and Higgins won't allow Marilyn to spend her remaining years in happiness, in the place she has so longed to return, home to Michigan. It is quite sad to see they plan to continue to drag her through the court systems. As the legal fight has completely drained Marilyn’s funds from her home in Michigan. I guess the only thing they now need to fight is to keep hold of the Marilyn other assets that were put in a trust (by Higgins, who also deviously got a DPA signed) and is still being controlled by Higgins and which she has given zero money to back to her own Mother. Of course, Grayson has been paid from these trust funds...no wonder he takes the position he does. Maybe she wants to continue to drag her mother through the court systems until she finally kills her and then she can just keep the assets she has stolen.

To do this to your own Mother is beyond criminal. I do hope Marilyn does eventually get her justice
Someone who knows

Providence, RI

#2 Nov 20, 2008
Its About Greenwich Time

Frisco, TX

#3 Nov 20, 2008
Hooray for this decision!
Thanks to Rick Green, reporter for the Harford Courant, who is the real party who got the ball rolling here. If it wasn't for his excellent reporting of the issue and continued focus on the broken probate court system in Connecticut, this would have never happened.
May he dontinue to expose simular cases to earn the eldery victim their right!
Fly on the wall

San Diego, CA

#4 Nov 20, 2008
Unfortunately, it's not over yet as the twisted mind of Linda Higgins can not allow her to release her talons from control over Marilyn Plank's estate. She is appealing the ruling in light of all this press. Doesn't that tell you something about a person? I'd love to be a fly on the wall at all the social Greenwich events Lin Higgins has to attend as the rest of the community looks at her finally for the disgusting human being that she is!! LET YOUR MOTHER GO HOME AND LIVE OUT THE REST OF HER LIFE IN PEACE!
Its About Greenwich Time

Frisco, TX

#5 Nov 20, 2008
She'll appeal it with Attorney Grayson, so they both stand to profit. Of course, Higgins will do this as it doesn't cost her a thing. She has been using her mother's funds to pay Grayson, for the entire time of his representation. That is in the court record.
Reform CT Probate


#6 Nov 22, 2008
Its About Greenwich Time wrote:
She'll appeal it with Attorney Grayson, so they both stand to profit. Of course, Higgins will do this as it doesn't cost her a thing. She has been using her mother's funds to pay Grayson, for the entire time of his representation. That is in the court record.

This is one of the worst things about the present probate system- IF and when a judge actually does hand down a decision such as this one, those fighting to keep the "ward" in their clutches can appeal using the "ward's" estate to do so. In our case, the judge actually TOLD the conservator to appeal his ruling and to hire himself an attorney, which the conservator did- not one but TWO! All at the ward's expense of course. And they call this our "justice" system.

Why didn't this reporter bother to interview anyone besides Grayson, who is clearly a slimeball? Doesn't the concept of "fair and balanced" reporting exist in Greenwich?

Hopper's decision is weak, citing little if any actual law. He is following the typical probate judge path of "It's so because I say so." Why did it take him a year to come up with this decision? Was he doing a lot of legal research? How does a judge from CT get off thinking he has any right to say what must be done in Michigan, when he didn't even have jurisdiction in the first place?

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