GUARDIANS FOR PROFIT
About This Series

Caring for the aged and infirm was once a family affair. Now, it is a business. In documenting this change, reporters Robin Fields, Evelyn Larrubia and Jack Leonard and researcher Maloy Moore examined records of more than 2,400 cases handled by California's professional conservators since 1997. They also conducted hundreds of interviews - with probate lawyers, judges and independent experts as well as people under conservatorship and their loved ones.



PART ONE
When a Family Matter Turns Into a Business
Conservators are supposed to protect the elderly and infirm. But some neglect their clients, isolate them -- even plunder their assets.



PART TWO
Justice Sleeps While Seniors Suffer
Probate courts are supposed to watch conservators' conduct and discipline those who abuse their authority. They've failed dismally in this vital role.



PART THREE
Missing Money, Unpaid Bills and Forgotten Clients

Anne L. Chavis, a churchgoing nurse, had sweeping power over wards' lives. It took years for the VA and others to rein her in.



PART FOUR
For Most Vulnerable, a Promise Abandoned

L.A.'s public guardian, stripped of county funding for over a decade, turns away many in need.