In one of the saddest yet too-common stories about what happens when families fail to plan, this post from investigative journalist, Gary Weiss, for outlines five mistakes that one family made on their journey through guardianship hell.

“You sit there and shake your head how things can go that bad that fast,” says Frederick Paugh, a field investigator with the New Jersey Long Term Care Ombudsman who examined some of the financial aspects of the case at the request of Ada’s assisted living facility. “ But you know what? It happens.”

What ended as a descent into legal hell began in Italy as a love story. Read the rest of the story here.

Source: One Family’s Journey Through Guardianship Hell