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Be On Your Guard, BDR No's. Be Calling 
by Vice President Knight Allen
Originally published on February 12, 2015 - reprinted with permission

    I want to start by bringing to your attention the very important work being done by Rana Goodman and Dan Roberts of the "Vegas Voice" senior newspaper on the subject of guardianship laws in Nevada.

    Guardianship laws? What's that got to do with me? I'm covered. I've got my affairs in order. My will is in place, I've got our trust set up and I need not concern myself with this. If that is your mindset I'd urge you to rethink your assumptions.

    All the protections you have in place exist to protect your assets and insure that your wishes are carried out after you are gone. They are important and have real value but they are worth nothing repeat, nothing when it comes to what happens if you should fall into the guardianship black hole.

    It's as if you have thoroughly prepared for an important baseball game. You've put your team together. Your pitching rotation and lineup are all set and you are ready to take the field confident in your ability to win the game. Unfortunately the Family Court and guardians are playing football and the odds are sky high you are going to get blindsided winding up a crumpled and broken heap on the field never knowing what hit you.

    I'm not a lawyer so I offer this to you only as one senior to another:

1. Pull your documents and look for the word guardian or guardianship.

2. Whether they are there or not call your attorney and see what he says about guardianship Vis--vis the trust, will, power of attorney etc. I'd like to know what you're told. Call me: (702) 870-3089.

3. Get this months' copy of the "Vegas Voice" at your library or online at: Read Rana and Dan's columns and sign their petition.

4. If you really want to get into it, the guardianship laws are in Chapter 159 of the Nevada Revised Statutes. Prepare to have your eyes glaze over.

This is serious business folks. If you have any assets you are at risk so I wouldn't shrug it off.

    The Legislature is off and running. This is a good time to make a correction. Last month I gave you two incorrect Bill Draft Request Numbers (BDR#s). The correct numbers are 136 seeking repeal of the 2/3 majority requirement for tax increases and 137 seeking repeal of Term Limits. Two very, very bad ideas which I hope stand no chance in a Republican legislature.

    Governor Sandoval's $430 million tax proposal is just terrible. Why? Because it ignores reality which is: Businesses don't pay taxes. Because of that his proposal violates the core principle of taxation in a free society: "Do not tax the necessities of life." Adam Smith, "Wealth of Nations." Sandoval's proposal is a tax on food, medicine/medical care, rent, utilities and everything else we must have just to survive. It's cruel and vicious and just because it comes from a popular governor doesn't make it OK. (702) 486-2626 that's the phone number to get to your Senator and Assemblyperson. Let them know you oppose this tax and don't be afraid to tell them why. You might start some rumblings up there.

Contact Vice-President Knight Allen