NAPLES, Fla - Advocates say an increasing number of innocent Floridians are being taken advantage of by relatives or friends through the court probate system.
Karen Federighi's nightmare started with a knock on her door in January 2016.
"There was a Collier County deputy who handed me a summons, and I'm looking it over in total disbelief, I'm a ward of the state, without any rights," said Federighi, who at the time was living in East Naples.
She was a registered nurse, who up until that point was working at a Southwest Florida hospital and living a normal life before she was suddenly assigned to a court appointed guardian and taken from her home.
"Sheer panic, like a prisoner," she said.
The guardianship system is supposed to appoint a decision maker for a person who is too mentally or physically incapacitated to handle their own personal or financial affairs.