John Pacenti
Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

Judge Martin Colin is married to guardian Elizabeth Savitt. She manages the lives of seniors who can’t take care of themselves.

With her career choice comes complications … and accusations – her husband’s influence over her lawyers; another judge, his daily lunch companion, approving her fees; and her taking money from the seniors before any judge approves it.

The judge

Jan. 14, 2016

When Martin Colin presides over cases involving his wife’s lawyers, the parties are apt to doubt his ability to be fair and impartial. A former high court justice says this doesn’t look right.

The judge’s wife

Jan. 14, 2016

Clearing out belongings from a house, seeking to annul a marriage, paying children accused of abusing the senior: Elizabeth Savitt stands accused of all this and more. She says her husband’s colleagues have never found a problem.

$400,000 allegedly missing in case of professional guardian Savitt

Dec. 10, 2016

Elizabeth Savitt — wife of Circuit Judge Martin Colin — received the guardianship appointment just a few months before she paid off a $308,000 foreclosure judgment on a Delray Beach home.

Caregiver paints picture of daughter's control over Mary Montgomery

Nov. 11, 2016

The tug-of-war over 85-year-old socialite Mary Montgomery and her untold millions of dollars in yet another contentious guardianship case in Palm Beach County.

Chief judge bans Savitt's billing practices in guardianship overhaul

Nov. 5, 2016

Chief Judge Jeffrey Colbath addresses the substantive complaints against controversial professional guardian Elizabeth Savitt — the wife of Circuit Judge Martin Colin.

Judge Colin appoints ex-law partner to case that nets $500,000-plus

Aug. 20, 2016

For Judge Colin, the Acker case stands as another example of the conflicts of interest that repeatedly dog him.

Judge’s wife facing more complaints about guardianship fees

May 20, 2016

When families have asked professional guardian Elizabeth Savitt to resign, she has demanded fees upfront for her and her attorney Ellen Morris.

All power over adult guardianship severed for Judge Colin

Feb. 23, 2016

After weeks of speculation, Judge Colin is out as the jurist coordinator of a novel new guardianship program aimed at resolving family conflicts in guardianships of incapacitated seniors and other adults.

Judge in Post series moved from guardianship cases

Feb. 10, 2016

Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Martin Colin tenure as a probate judge is over in the wake of The Palm Beach Post’s investigation into the role of the veteran jurist and his wife in the guardianships of incapacitated seniors.

Chief judge shakes up guardianship system after Post series

Feb. 2, 2016

Palm Beach County Chief Judge Jeffrey Colbathannounced sweeping changes for guardianship of incapacitated seniors amid revelations by The Palm Beach Post that the savings of these elderly wards flow into the household of Circuit Judge Martin Colin via his wife's work as a professional guardian in his division.

Editorial: Who’s making sure guardians don’t prey on the vulnerable?

Feb. 1, 2016

The guardianship system must be have more safeguards. Because any one of us could get caught in it.

Judge Colin's family court problem

Jan. 25, 2016

The mother of Judge Colin's grandson says she fears his influence on his fellow family court judges while battling for more time with her 5-month-old infant.

How to stop guardianship abuse

Jan. 23, 2016

There’s lots more the state can do, advocates and experts suggest.

Chief judge investigating Post’s findings

Jan. 20, 2016

Chief Judge Jeffrey Colbath says he is in fact-finding mode and “is preparing to make appropriate changes to address concerns” about Judge Colin’s role in adult guardianship.

The couple’s financial picture

Jan. 14, 2016

IRS liens, multiple foreclosures, loans from judge’s former clients. Their bottom line improved after she became a guardian.

The past hot water over his wife

Jan. 14, 2016

Judge Colin barred from case in 2007 involving one of her lawyers when she was his girlfriend.

Is taking fees before a judge approves them legal?

Jan. 14, 2016

Elizabeth Savitt’s attorney says, “Yes.” But other local elder law attorneys don’t advise it.

How we got the story

Investigative reporter John Pacenti started with a Craigslist ad.

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