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Resource ID: #19683
Subject: Courts
Source: Gazette (Colorado Springs, CO)
Date: 2001-09-01



" 'In Josie's Best Interest?" examined the probate court case of 80-year-old Josie Copmann and, at the same time, the probate court system in general. Copmann's case typified much of what critics say is wrong with probate court. Fees to attorneys, guardians, residential care facilities can drain the estates of wards of the court. In Copmann's case, her $800,000 estate had shrunk to about $600,000 within two years after she was declared a ward. Beyond escalating fees, the probate court system also is criticized for awarding lucrative cases to only a small circle of probate attorneys, for taking too long to resolve cases and for failing to offer proper oversight of case."

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