Striving to reform probate courts in California

Over the last decade, the probate courts in Los Angeles and Orange Counties have relinquished their roles as institutions that protect the frail elderly and other incapacitated adults, and have instead become institutions that these same vulnerable people must be protected from.

“One doesn’t have to operate with great malice to do great harm. The absence of empathy and understanding are sufficient. In fact, a man convinced of his virtue even in the midst of his vice is the worst kind of man.”

— Charles M. Blow, NY Times

Judge Betty Lou Lamoreaux Backstory

Bettys’ Hope, inspired by the tragic events surrounding the Conservatorship of the Late Honorable Betty Lou Lamoreaux and the Conservatorship of dear Betty Roberts of Lancaster, who has not seen her beloved daughters for over 2 years.  The Judge Betty Lou Lamoreaux debacle that was featured in the Orange County Register is an excellent case on point. Her court appointed attorney self-guided himself into over $100,000 in legal fees paid out of her estate. There was literally NO statutory nor ethical basis for actions he took of his own volition.


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The Guardians:

THE GUARDIANS is a revealing investigative documentary set in Las Vegas, Nevada that exposes allegations of corruption within the Nevada Guardianship and Family Court systems involving the legal kidnapping of elderly people. The film shines a light on a lucrative business that drains seniors’ life-savings and robs them of their freedoms.

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A New Path

Betty’s Hope is strives to reform the probate courts throughout California by:

01 Create

Creating a comprehensive curriculum for attorneys who seek to represent incapacitated adults and adults with developmental disabilities in conservatorship proceedings.


Developing a system of supervision and accountability for those attorneys.

03 Independence

Eliminating the toxic co-dependence between Judges and “Court Appointed Counsel.”

04 Compliance

Enforcing compliance of the California probate code by all judicial officers and counsel appearing in conservatorship hearings.

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Lisa MacCarley
Executive Director