Neb. Justice Promises Safeguards for Guardianships

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LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -- Nebraska Supreme Court Chief Justice Michael Heavican says the courts are working to fix problems with the state's guardianship system that were uncovered by a recent state audit.

Chief Justice Michael Heavican told lawmakers in his State of the Judiciary message Friday that the courts are developing an internal audit system for guardianship cases.

A state audit released in November found mismanagement of state payment programs to legal guardians for the blind, elderly and disabled.

The audit uncovered one suspected fraud case involving a Bayard woman who was appointed as a guardian to more than 600 people throughout Nebraska.

Heavican says the courts will also require guardians to submit a list of their active cases to a judge before they are appointed to new ones.