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California Conservatorship in Crisis: Alameda County Fact Sheet

Issues Driving Exploitation and Abuse

National Issue

Professional conservators (Licensed Professional Fiduciaries) use client assets for fiduciary’s legal defense.

Conservatorship is the only business enterprise that grants a vendor complete access to their client’s funds, including funding litigation against the client and funding legal defense for the vendor’s wrongdoing.  All other business entities must support their own defense on ethical, regulatory, or civil matters. 

The court grants a conservator (of the estate) unlimited access to the conservatee’s funds.  The conservator can use those funds to litigate against the conservatee and against the conservatee’s family.  Fees to the conservator and conservator’s attorneys can greatly exceed expenditures for the conservatee’s care.  Courts provide essentially no oversight of expenditures by conservators.

Alleged Elder Abuse by Oakland Non-Profit Legal Assistance for Seniors: Part 3

When Elinor Frerichs (95) married her neighbor and close friend Kennett Taylor, they knew there could be resistance to their interracial marriage.  They did not anticipate Legal Assistance for Senior (LAS) would launch a multi-year campaign to keep them apart and to discredit Kennett.

Court records indicate James Treggiari, Executive Director of LAS, developed strategy to isolate Elinor from nearly all contact with the outside world.  Kirsten Voyles, LAS Managing Attorney, facilitated Treggiari’s strategy.  Scott Phipps, Vice President of LAS Board of Directors, implemented their strategy.

Alleged Elder Abuse by Oakland Non-Profit Legal Assistance for Seniors, Part 2:

When Elinor Frerichs married her long time neighbor and close friend Kennett Taylor, they had no idea California Licensed Psychologist Nancy Hoffman, PsyD (License No. 20516) would oppose the mixed race marriage.  Elinor could not have known that Oakland based Legal Assistance for Seniors (LAS) would launch a multi-year campaign to keep Elinor imprisoned and isolated from Kennett.

Alleged Elder Abuse by Oakland Non-Profit Legal Assistance for Seniors: Part 1

When Elinor Frerich’s estranged husband passed away in 2011, Elinor set her sights on her neighbor and close friend of ten years, Kennett Taylor.  Elinor and Kennett laughed about how he caught her attention by answering the door in red pajamas.  Elinor openly shared that she chased Kennett and suggested they get married.  They both spoke of sharing many interests and many happy times together.

Their happiness was quickly extinguished.  Court records show California Licensed Psychologist Nancy Hoffman, PsyD (License No. 20516) started the campaign to take Elinor from her home and isolate her from Kennett and their friends.  Just six weeks after Elinor and Kennett celebrated their marriage vows, Alameda County Probate Court placed Elinor under conservatorship or civil death.

Oakland based non-profit Legal Assistance for Seniors (LAS) launched a multi-year legal battle to strip Elinor of her remaining rights.  In 2012, LAS Executive Director James Treggiari (Bar No. 263228) and LAS Managing Attorney Kirsten Voyles (Bar No. 231906) sought a court order to isolate Elinor from Kennett.  In 2013, LAS Board of Directors Vice President Scott Phipps had the marriage annulled.  In 2014, Phipps and Treggiari sought a court order denying Elinor nearly all contact with friends or advocates.