Guardianship company to end operations as part of settlement in controversial Macomb case

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A controversial guardianship case in Macomb County has settled, with the guardianship company involved agreeing to end operations.

Caring Hearts Michigan Inc. and owner Catherine Kirk agreed the company also will legally dissolve by the end of the year, according to a news release Thursday from the Michigan Attorney General’s Office, which intervened in the case last year.

Kirk and the company’s employees also are permanently barred from operating any other guardianship or conservatorship entity, it states.

The financial aspects of the settlement are subject to a confidentiality agreement.

Attorney General Dana Nessel’s office learned Caring Hearts Michigan, an in-home care company that Kirk owned, and a law firm owned in part by Kirk’s husband billed nearly $400,000 in about six months on the case.

Probate Judge Kathryn George appointed Caring Hearts Michigan as guardian and conservator for Robert Lee Mitchell and Barbara Delbridge, despite a petition submitted by the couple’s daughter and stepdaughter. Family members said they were kept away from the couple.

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