Kathleen Wright Brawn published Power of attorney accountability needs improvement, family member says in TV and Press 2015-09-16 22:11:31 -0700
Power of attorney accountability needs improvement, family member says
Sep 15, 2015 By CBC News
A power of attorney is meant to help families avoid financial problems when someone becomes unable to manage their money but a Nova Scotia woman says her experience has shown that power can be abused by the very person who's supposed to be protecting the finances.
Last week, the Nova Scotia's law reform commission called for an overhaul of how power of attorney works in the province, starting with clearer language and reporting rules.
- Powers of Attorney Act in Nova Scotia needs revision, says law reform group
- Power-of-attorney abuse more common than we think, expert says
- Casey Kasem's case highlights need for power of attorney, lawyers say
- Avoiding power of attorney fraud
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Kasem Cares Advisory Board Member
Kathleen Wright-Brawn is the Chairman of the Executive Board at Kasem Cares. For the last two years, she has lobbied for passage of the “Kasem Cares Visitation Bill”. Speaking to dozens of Senators, assembly members,delegates and state representatives all over the country, Wright-Brawn was an instrumental part of its ratification in eight states. She continues to push forward by lobbying 13 new states with the bill currently intheir legislature. Wright-Brawn also personally helps victims who write in or call in to the Kasem Cares help line.
During Christmas 2012, Wright-Brawn’s father was taken by a caregiver “friend” who left no information onhis whereabouts. That was the start of his 14-month isolation, abuse and eventual death at the hands ofothers. Not only did the caregiver isolate her father from all family and friends, but they also stole his entireestate, changing his will to leave nothing to his four children or grandchildren. This situation led to herinvolvement in Kasem Cares.
Professionally, Wright-Brawn worked for the United States Postal Service as a mail carrier and unionrepresentative for eight years, negotiating with management for the rights of her co-workers. Personally, shehas always been drawn to helping others. In 1990, she involved herself with the self-help movement,attending talks and conferences on sexual abuse, domestic violence and chemical dependency, with speakerssuch as Deepak Chopra and John Bradshaw. As a member of the Red Cross, she helped hurricane Katrinavictims by listening to their stories and obtaining clothes, medical attention and funds for lodging.
Wright-Brawn resides in Phoenix, Arizona. She is the mother of three grown children and grandmother ofWyatt, Wynnie and Dylan.