Brandon, 92, under guardianship to settle in France

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A 92-year-old woman who fought her emergency guardianship earlier this year will move to France after a final hearing on her case on Tuesday.

Christine Lagisquet, a resident of Brandon, was placed under temporary emergency guardianship in July. The legal arrangement, known as plenary trusteeship, deprived her of almost all of her civil rights, including her ability to vote, manage her finances or determine her accommodation.

“She is free,” said Dominique Lucbernet, a longtime friend of Lagisquet who lives in Paris. “I’m very happy. You have no idea.”

On Tuesday, the judge in charge of her case determined that Lagisquet needed limited guardianship, which means that she will regain her right to vote and determine her social environment, but that she will need a guardian to take care of her. decisions on its behalf in matters of property, health, residence and law. lawsuits.

But he granted her request that she be allowed to return to her hometown of Bordeaux, France, according to Gerald Hemness, a lawyer for her current court-appointed guardian, Susan Whitney. She will be assigned a new tutor under French law upon arrival.

“The personal preferences of the ward are paramount in guardianship,” Hemness said. “There are just times when what a service wants intersects with what is safe. The judge ruled; she expressed her preference – she would like to live in France, ”he added. “So that’s what we’re going to work on doing.”

Friends and neighbors say Lagisquet’s experience shows how hard guardianship can be on the person in it.

Hemness, as his guardian’s lawyer, in turn said the outside interference has proven to be costly for Lagisquet. Guardians and their attorneys charge the guardianship’s estate for their work, including actions taken in response to people trying to get involved in the case.

About $ 60,000 was billed to Lagisquet’s estate, according to Hemness.

The judge’s previous orders regarding interactions with other people remain in effect as long as Lagisquet is still in the United States.

“The only reason she’s under such scrutiny is, quite frankly, because of the way everyone has tried to approach the situation,” Hemness said. “His son Pierre has a very bad press. But he is anything but indifferent. He was completely cooperative yesterday.

Lagisquet will likely settle permanently in France in two to three months, Hemness said.

There, according to Lucbernet, she will live with a cousin.


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