Our name is derived from the Italian word consul. A consul served as a magistrate or governor, which provided stewardship to the people. Thus we established Konsulati to serve as steward of person to protect the elderly and disabled by acting as their private fiduciary and personal representative.
We believe it critical to continue learning and exceeding the continuing education units (CEUs) required to maintain state credentials and have chosen the following list of Not-for-Profit companies, which offer professional development opportunities in addition to their ethics forums and support:
National Guardianship Association, Inc.
The National Guardianship Association (NGA) is the leading resource for guardians/conservators in the United States. This organization extended its charter to allow the Professional Fiduciaries Association of California (PFAC) to organize and develop its Statewide purpose. The NGA brings together professionals from around the country to participate in educational conferences and help mentor family guardians to help them provide for their aging parents. Knowledge sharing is a core practice, as is active involvement by regional volunteers.
Center For Guardianship Certification
The Center for Guardianship Certification (CGC) certification is a national designation that requires applicants to attest that they have no felony convictions, civil or criminal liability findings and that they are in good standing with any state legal requirements, bonding or other local jurisdictional requirements. Applicants must pay a fee, meet minimum eligibility standards and pass a competency test.
The 2010 U.S. Census estimates that there are 40.3 million people 65 years of age or older -- an increase of 5 million since 2000. Pew Research Center (PRC) projects that are that 10,000 people who will turn 65 every day for 19 years beginning in 2011. Not surprisingly, PRC expects our nation's elderly population will climb to 81 million by 2050. To make aging a little more difficult in America, Gallup Survey reports that 21% of all Americans have moved away from their home town at some point. This means that aging parents are left alone, or sadly forgotten, so that the children can prosper in other cities.
It is important to understand that we are not attorneys. The perception is that private professional fiduciaries are experienced with legal matters but that in no way makes us qualified, nor licensed, to act or give legal advice.
As a principal fiduciary of Konsulati, Inc., Mr. Mayfield lives by the company's mission statement, assigned to trust, uphold integrity, and promote longevity. He has over 20 years experience in computer consulting and technical training. Many applications he developed include a Gift Donor system used by UCLA to track small sums to multi-million dollar estates, Property Appraising Systems for an underwriting firm, and e-Commerce applications for public, private, and government entities. His training engagements yielded a profit for his employer of $1.2 million per year and he has managed projects which generated new business in pre-sales engagements. He has operated his own business since 1993 and negotiated contracts with distributors and attorneys for the corporation. His educational background is very diverse, ranging from Computer Science to Linguistics. While engaged in research for linguistics, Mr. Mayfield wrote papers on significant speech production errors in aphasics and human-language simulation by way of finite-state technology.
A career in fiduciary services specializing in elderly persons and disabled adults is a lifelong and rewarding field. We serve as advocates and solution-providers -- thinking outside of the box and applying personal knowledge to promote the happiness and livelihood of our charges. We answer the calls in the middle of the night when no other is available or is too far away to assist.