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    Only ‘terrible options’ are offered to senior citizens in guardianship, John Oliver says

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    Commentator John Oliver took on the guardianship system on Sunday’s episode of “Last Week Tonight With John Oliver.”

    Guardianship allows a person to take over the affairs of a person or persons.

    In one case Oliver cited, a Nevada couple was placed in guardianship without any recourse, he said. It took two years to regain control of their own assets and decisions. In that time, the husband said, the court-appointed guardian had spent all of the couple’s money. “We have nothing left,” he said.

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