Under The Apple Tree: My Experiences with UCI Law’s Elder Abuse Clinic

By UCI Law Student Ariela Rutkin-Becker“I thought I’d be sitting under an apple tree now, you know, at this point of my life. And I don’t want to leave the world in this situation that I’m in.”  The quote above was spoken to me on a Friday morning in early November by an 83-year-old woman who stopped by the Elder Abuse Clinic at Central Justice Center for help. She was facing a series of harassing behaviors from her son’s live-in, on-and-off girlfriend that were exacerbating her health issues: hypertension and cancer amongst them. The police had told her on numerous occasions that she needed a restraining order for them to take appropriate actions, and after being sent on a wild goose chase through the courts of Orange County, she found our Clinic.  Continue reading

Kerri Kasem talks foundation and memories of her father

By: James Wood  First published in AXS Online - Mar 8, 2015 By now we’ve all heard the story. When broadcasting legend Casey Kasem’s health began to decline in 2013, his daughter Kerri and her siblings were denied access to their father by Kasem’s current wife, Jean. It was a tragic turn of events and one where the court system offered little relief in the family’s plight to see their beloved father before his passing in June of 2014. A struggle which still has ramifications today. Radio and television host Kerri Kasem has since become an outspoken advocate for visitation rights as well as given a voice to the many people who have until now suffered in silence. Her passion, along with the help of California Assemblyman Mike Gatto, has led to proposed legislation AB 1085, which provides legal recourse when children from previous marriages are denied access to a parent by their parent’s current spouse or by another family member. The bill has since taken on a life of it's own, having been introduced in more than a half-dozen other States with more on the way. AXS had the pleasure of speaking with this inspirational woman about her cause, journey and much more! Continue reading

A Personal Message From Carrie Jones

By Carrie Jones Sadly my great uncle, Ray Edwards, suffered Elder Abuse not only at the hands of his wife, but also at an assisted living facility (ALF).  While Ray was at a skilled nursing facility, and I had power of attorney, my family and I started researching a permanent residence for him.  I am just a young girl and had no previous knowledge of what to do or where to look for help.  My mother and her sister flew to California to help me.  We narrowed our search to a beautiful facility in Pasadena, CA.  The facility rolled out the red carpet for us.  They took us to a private room, offered us coffee, tea, sparkling water.  They began to tell us everything that they could offer to my uncle.  3 meals a day in an immaculate dining room, snacks in between meals, bathing once a day, laundry once a week, special attention to his dietary needs.  They told us they would get him involved in various activities.  They even had me fill out a questionnaire regarding his interests.  They said that he could garden, go out on group outings, play games, woodworking.  We were sold!!  Almost $5000 a month, however we still had to cover expenses.  Continue reading

Why We Need A Visitation Bill

By Martha Patterson I was able to get Kerri Kasem into the Nursing Home where her dad Casey Kasem was staying because Federal Law requires a Skilled Nursing Home to allow a resident to have visitation with anyone they want.  I had heard the Judge and the Court appointed attorney say in court that Casey Kasem wanted to see his children.  Unfortunately this law only applies in hospitals and nursing homes and when visitation is refused there is NO way to enforce this law, worse yet there is NO law and NO way a child can request a visit with their parent in a private residence so when an elder is being isolated by his or her spouse, adult child or a caregiver there is NO easy way for a child to just ask for the right to see their parent.  A Conservatorship often is not even an option because a Conservatorship requires the child to prove their parent lacks the ability to make decisions.    Continue reading

The Long, Strange Purgatory of Casey Kasem

Published by GQ Magazine - February 2015 He was America's most beloved deejay, the unmistakable voice who created 'American top 40' and rose to fame on the schmaltzy but irresistible charm of his "long-distance dedications." all of which makes the tabloid circumstances of his demise—an epic family feud waged in streets, courtrooms, and funeral homes from L.A. to Oslo—even more surreal. Amy Wallace investigates the tragic final days (and very weird afterlife) of a radio legend Continue reading

A Message From A Friend

By Lisa Caprelli The recent decisions facing the Casey Kasem family are among the most difficult that one will ever face.  As this life-and-death drama unfolds in public, through quick sound bites and opposing viewpoints, the messages have become confusing and murky.  I have been friends with Kerri Kasem for almost ten years.  In that time we have worked together and traveled to places near and far away.  We have attended gatherings with family and friends, socialized with her siblings, attended parties, played board games, and celebrated life moments.  Kerri and the Kasem Family are kind, warm, thoughtful, and family-oriented.        Continue reading

The Family Battle: Fighting the Good Fight

I am grateful to have represented Kerri Kasem and have written this so that the world would know: Casey Kasem did indeed make his wishes for end of life care known. Casey Kasem signed a Health Care Directive in 2007 it named his daughter Julie and her husband as his first choice for the people he wanted to make Health Care Decisions for him and then named Kerri Kasem as his second choice. Continue reading

Kerri Kasem - Founder / President

Kerri Kasem, a multimedia personality, producer and writer, has anchored music, talk and entertainment programs for radio and television. . 2017 marks her twentieth year in the business. In February 2010, she joined Premiere Radio Networks for the launch of Sixx Sense with Nikki Sixx and The Side Show Countdown.  In April of 2014, she left Sixx Sense to form the Kasem Cares Foundation, a non-profit organization which and has successfully passed bills in multiple states to stop elder abuse. Soon after her exit from Sixx Sense, Kasem joined Gurvey’s Law on 790KABC. Continue reading

Kathleen Wright-Brawn - Chairman of the Board

Kathleen holds the title of Chairman of the Executive Board at Kasem Care. She is the mother of three grown children and grandmother of Wyatt, Wynnie and Dylan.She worked for the United States Postal service as a mail carrier and union representative for eight years negotiating with management for the rights of her co-workers.  In  1990 Kathy got involved with the self help movement attending many talks and conferences on sexual abuse, domestic violence and chemical dependency with speakers such as Deepak Chopra,  and John Bradshaw. As a member of the Red Cross she helped hurricane Katrina victims by listening to their stories and obtaining clothes, medical attention and funds for lodgings. Continue reading

Naz Barouti

Nazanin “Naz” Barouti is a licensed California attorney and founding partner of Barouti Law Corporation located in Southern California with offices in Brentwood, Glendale, Irvine, San Diego, & Woodland Hills. She is admitted to practice before all California State Courts and the United States District Court for the Central District of California. Naz has extensive knowledge in the areas of advanced estate planning, business planning, prenuptial/postnuptial agreements, and asset protection. She has counseled individual and corporate fiduciaries in connection with the preservation, management and transfer of wealth. In addition to managing her own practice, Naz has become a rising legal analyst, public speaker and radio personality hosting her own show called Protecting Your Family on Talk Radio 790 KABC. Every week she is eager to share with listeners legal steps they can take to create, protect and transfer their wealth. Naz has been featured on Fox Business News, Bloomberg TV and is a legal analyst for various syndicated radio shows throughout the United States.

Angela Clark

As a little girl growing up in Kansas, Angela Neale Clark often rode her bicycle to the local skilled nursing facility to help out with the elders in her community. Today, that early formative experience of aiding senior citizens stills inspires and drives the organization she founded. Living Your Choice is based on the sole mission of helping seniors handle difficult and confusing life transitions.  Continue reading

Carrie Jones - Secretary

Carrie Jones, a native of Southern Illinois, moved to Los Angeles at the age of 18 to pursue a music career.  She was a top finalist on the hit television show “The Pussycat Dolls”, which aired on the CW network. Shortly after the show ended she was sought out by Grammy and Oscar winning producers to do background vocals and session work.  In 2011 she joined a girl-group and signed a major record deal with Sony. The group eventually parted ways, and then Carrie’s life took a drastic change.. Continue reading