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Guardianship of Monique Mandell: Woman disputes jurisdiction in court over $40m inheritance

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) – A woman was placed against her will in a care facility for the elderly and now has no access to tens of millions of dollars she has in her bank.

This all happened after she was given a guardian, a man she says she doesn’t even know.

A judge says anyone in Texas can apply for guardianship in the interest of a person’s well-being.

After someone made this request, doctors tested Monique Mandell and found her incompetent.

Her lawyers say she isn’t and want her home.

“I just want this nightmare to be over,” Mandell said.

Freedom and nearly $40 million are at stake for them.

Her attorneys say a Harris County probate court allowed her guardian and three police officers to show up at her home and pick her up while she slept.

The 54-year-old has been in an assisted living facility for four months.

Randall Kallinen has been working to bring Mandel home.

“There is no reason for her to have a guardian. According to experts, nothing happened to her,” he said. “She is competent.”

However, a court-appointed psychiatrist deemed Mandell incompetent shortly after an inheritance case related to her husband’s death.

“She’s the golden egg they were looking for,” said UA Lewis, another attorney for Mandell. “She has several millions available to try and exploit, and they can only do that if they remain in their possession.”

Your supervisor is a court-appointed lawyer.

“They want to fight, I will fight them,” Mandell said. “Tooth and claw. I will not give up. What they are doing is wrong. I don’t know these people from Adam.”

Eyewitness News spoke briefly to Judge Jason Cox over the phone.

He did not want to speak specifically about the case, but said the court was in no way motivated by money.

He added that the court’s only concern is what is in the best interests of people like Mandell.

“We urge this judge to issue an order and stop sending her home,” Lewis said.

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