It’s within the law, but beyond the pale. Over 1.5 million adults in the U.S. have guardians, who are expected to act in their best interest. Before family members assume that burden, professional guardians like April Parks sometimes jump in — with no input from relatives. In hearings lasting a few minutes, a Nevada court gave Parks total control over hundreds of elderly adults, whose property she sold while billing their estates for her services. She’s facing charges, but reforming laws that enable predatory guardianship remains mired in family courts’ secrecy and authorities’ reluctance to investigate.