State Director of the South Carolina DDSN Removed From Job

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David Hucks
David Hucks
David Hucks is a 12th generation descendant of the area we now call Myrtle Beach, S.C. David attended Coastal Carolina University and like most of his family, has never left the area. David is the lead journalist at

Problems continue with the bureaucrats at the South Carolina Department of Disabilities and Special Needs.

On Thursday, Mary Poole, the state director was suddenly removed from her position. The DDSN Commission voted to remove Poole from service as state director and remove her from service as a DDSN employee during a regular meeting after a roughly three-hour executive session.

SCDDSN is the state agency that plans, develops, oversees and funds services for South Carolinians with severe, lifelong disabilities of intellectual disability, autism, traumatic brain injury and spinal cord injury and conditions related to each of these four disabilities. The department has close ties to the highly dysfunctional South Carolina Family Court System.

This government entity has been under fire now for the past few years, along with its sister agency The South Carolina Department of Social Services.

Using the leverage and full force of S.C. judges, these state entities have the authority to break up families with little state oversight.

After last week’s newest judicial appointments by the S.C. General Assembly, articles surfaced state-wide concerning votes taken. We reported on the issues surrounding the appointment of Judge Ned Miller.

South Carolina and Virginia are the only states in the U.S. where state legislators pick judges.

Family Court, DDSN, and DSS are all tightly intertwined. Issues surrounding the disabilities of the aged, and their individual “end of life” estate being raided by suspect lawyers through use of these agencies has been a concern for the past twenty years.


The Center For Estate Administration Reform (CEAR) is a not-for-profit advocate with a mission to educate and seek justice for Americans when they are threatened by the growing problem of abusive probate, trust and guardianship fraud.

Says CEAR’s Rick Black, “The equity court system (Probate and Family Court in SC) or what many insiders derisively call “family squabbles court” was developed over the last 75 years.  It has been perfectly designed by the legal community to serve the legal community. 

While good patriotic and normal families were creating wealth, empowering their elected officials, and enjoying the freedoms and blessings of our country’s bounty others were building an empire to exploit that wealth through legal wrangling.  Adult guardianship is one of those professional scams.

CEAR and its directors have investigated or counseled over 3,000 cases in the last 5 years.  Each case can be described with the modus operandi “isolate the victim, defame legitimate protectors, and liquidate the estate.“ 

EVERY litigator knows the scam and every attorney and judge will deny it could ever happen.  Biggest liar often wins in equity court and the insiders routinely engage in a calumny festival against loved ones to ensure a hefty payday by winning a coveted guardianship order.

Sealing probate records is a Red Flag for fraud by predatory attorneys

Few states do it, Colorado and South Carolina are two.  The complaints CEAR has received from South Carolinians has confirmed glaring issues.  The process of removing someone’s civil and unalienable rights, and their estate, should be done with absolute transparency and oversight.

“Sunlight is the best disinfectant” and in adult guardianships transparency is essential to discourage the criminal element.”

After removing Poole, spokespersons for the department refused to give reasons those actions.

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