It's April 21, 2021 and
Charlie Thrash hasn't been seen in 777 days

That's when Judge Oscar Kazen ordered Charlie isolated.

Charlie Thrash's family hasn't seen him since March 6, 2019.

Help Charlie see his common-law wife Laura
for 1st time since March 6, 2019 - 777 days.

Intro to Charlie's case:

Petitioning Shavano Park, Texas residents
1. Guardian Mary Werner,
2. Judge Oscar Kazen,
and Mary's husband &
Mayor of Shavano Park
3. Bob Werner
to respectively
resign, recuse & explain themselves.

Hear from Charlie himself:

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Letters to Charlie Thrash from his family & friends
that haven't seen Charlie in 777 days.

the facts of the matter

who, what and where is Shavano Park, Texas?

When Charlie Thrash paid $800,000 cash for a house in Shavano Park, Texas, in 2016, for him and his common-law wife, Laura Martinez, along with two of Laura’s adult children, to live in, they had no idea of what was underneath the surface of the attractive, upscale “City living with country charm” that is called Shavano Park, Texas.

Charlie Thrash's legal wishes

It's always important to read the wishes of the proposed ward, in this case Charlie Thrash, written in June 2016, a full 14+ months before a court-appointed doctor declared Charlie 100% incapacitated requiring a full guardianship
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From Nov 15, 2018 onward, these properly stated, legal wishes of Charlie -- to have Laura Martinez-Thrash, his common-law wife, be his agent and protector - have been ignored by both judges, first Tom Rickhoff and now, Oscar Kazen.

court action

Court-filed papers, pertaining to Charlie Thrash’s guardianship, including Charlie Thrash's guardianship Orders by Judge Oscar Kazen, awarding Charlie to Kazen's neighbor, political campaign financial supporter & wife of the Mayor, Mary Werner.

The Judge said WHAT?!

From Oscar Kazen demanding to know "is there a relationship between Mr Thrash and Mr Ross," to Tom Rickhoff offering glancing blows at Frost Bank for the guardianship - it's all the news you'll never read in any Hearst newspaper, much less the San Antonio Ex-News.

Charlie's Letters to Judge Kazen

Read Charlie Thrash's letters to his neighbor & fellow Shavano Park resident Judge Oscar Kazen, who also happened to award Charlie in guardianship to the Mayor of Shavano Park's wife, Mary Werner, based upon Charlie's estranged grand-niece's recommendation, to whom the court had already awarded Charlie's estimated $3 Million in assets.

How could these letters be written by a man who is incompetent?
Charlie's letters demonstrate his competence. Maybe that's why the judge - Oscar Kazen - has ignored them, as he has ignored Charlie - because Charlie & his letters don't conform to the Judge's desired narrative about Charlie's supposed incompetence. Charlie has never received a single response from Judge Kazen, nor an acknowledgement that he received these publicly-recorded documents.

Texas Estates Code

What does Section 1055.003 really say? Find out what lawyers representing Mary Werner & Tonya Barina don't want you to know. Judge for yourself how badly lawyers for Tonya Barina & Mary Werner mischaracterized and misrepresented these clear-cut statues to the Court, time and time again.

Laura's exoneration

Documents and excerpts from court hearing transcripts that demonstrate Laura Martinez-Thrash, Charlie’s common-law wife, was innocent and cleared of any allegations that she had converted Charlie’s assets, or was abusing Charlie in any way. NONE of the allegations were proven, and Adult Protective Services (APS), called by Frost Bank to investigate, cleared Laura 100% of any allegations. All allegations were proven FALSE. Unfortunately, this did not stop the lawyers at Cavaretta, Katona, Leighner and Andersen from lying in court, and falsely claiming without any evidence that APS had found the allegations against Laura to be true.

Lawyers lie, media repeats

One of the hallmarks of an abusive guardianship is the lawyers’ lies in the courtroom, that are picked up and amplified by an unquestioning media, who repeats the lies, and omits any exculpatory evidence presented in court, under oath. Unfortunately, this did not stop the lawyers at Cavaretta, Katona, Leighner and Andersen from lying in court, and repeatedly, falsely claiming without any evidence that APS had found the allegations against Laura to be true, lies which the San Antonio Express-News picks up & repeats, verbatim, as if the lies were the truth.

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Check out the latest research into facts surrounding Charlie Thrash’s guardianship

Frequently asked questions

If Tonya Barina had not been allowed by Judge Oscar Kazen, on Jan 29, 2019, to change the Guardian of the Person, from Charlie Thrash’s legally-stated preference of his common-law wife, Laura Martinez-Thrash, to Oscar Kazen’s 3-block-away neighbor, his political supporter, and wife of the Mayor of the small community, Shavano Park, where everybody lived  — Mary Werner — then there would not have been the pretext to sell off Charlie’s property, because there wouldn’t have been any need to generate income to pay all the extra attorney’s fees that were required to remove Charlie from his chosen wife, his chosen family, and from Charlie’s own home.
 
Being Guardian of the Person of Charlie Thrash, allowed Mary Werner to direct the financial needs of Charlie – which Mary alone determined, not Charlie, or even Laura.
 
And Mary Werner determined that one of the financial needs of Charlie was to pay for lawyers for both the Guardian of the Person (Mary Werner) and Guardian of the Estate (Tonya Barina) to support Charlie’s continuing guardianship – a total of 5 lawyers, to respond to every Motion, filing, etc.
 
And there was still enough legal fees generated that two more attorneys, the partners Kristopher Bowen Jr and Andrea Bowen of the Bowen Partners — were used for the eviction from the hanger, and also the house.

At the outset of the Trial on the Merits of a permanent guardianship for Charlie, held May 22, 2018, Judge Rickhoff knew that if he asked the right questions, Laura would be shown to be Charlie’s (common-law) wife. So instead Rickhoff asked if Laura was legally married, to which Laura could only answer ‘No.”

At the May 22, 2018 Trial on the Merits of a permanent guardianship for Charlie, Probate Judge Rickhoff asked Laura to testify to a mixture of fact and law, which a lay person is not equipped to answer.

Acting on her attorney’s advice, Laura said she wasn’t married.

However, two basics points of law remain:

  1. March 21, 2019 – a week after the guardians filed a petition to find the marriage void, lawyers representing Charlie’s Guardians set a hearing for temporary orders. Judge Kazen decided there was no need for an evidentiary hearing. Charlie has already been adjudicated to lack capacity by both Judges Rickhoff and Kazen, so Judge Kazen decided the marriage was automatically voided.
  2. But Texas law states a marriage between two people, once of whom is incapacitated, is *voidable* but not necessarily void.

The Texas State Supreme Court rejected without comment an appeal of Charlie Thrash’s guardianship case, which means it’s more imperative than ever to sign the petition to Free Charlie Thrash now – before it’s too late!

Appellants respectfully submit that this Court’s resolution of this appeal will determine whether senior Texans subjected to guardianship proceedings like Charlie Thrash can realistically expect to be treated with dignity and respect by Texas courts or whether their fundamental human rights and/or constitutional and/or statutory and/or common law rights, privileges and immunity may be summarily denied, while their property is used to pay their guardian’s attorneys to thwart anyone, who gets in their way.”

~ Attorney Philip M Ross, writing on behalf of Plaintiffs Charles Innes Thrash, Brittany Martinez-Thrash, Laura Martinez-Thrash, and himself

As of October 8, 2020 the Texas Supreme Court has resoundingly answered, “NO, You cannot expect to have any of your rights respected in a guardianship in Texas.”

Simply put, in all 50 states, judges are responsible for 100% of all guardianships.

While anyone can apply to be the guardian of another human being, only a judge can approve the application for guardianship, and issue Orders of guardianship.

Therefore only one person can end a guardianship – and that is a judge.

Oscar Kazen could decide to change his mind at any point in time, and revoke the guardianship over Charlie Thrash.  It is disturbing to see that Oscar refuses to correct the legal errors that occurred under his watch (since Jan 1, 2019) in Bexar County Probate Court No 1.  Oscar refuses to entertain any idea but to continue the legal actions currently ongoing in his court, which have the effect of draining Charlie’s estate to pay for all the lawyer to argue that Charlie must be kept in a guardianship.

Meanwhile, anyone who wants to see Charlie released from the guardianship is barred from participating in Oscar’s courtroom, unconstitutionally and falsely denied legal representation, while the abuse of Charlie Thrash, as a human being, and the abuse of Charlie’s money by the court-appointed guardians, steamrolls ahead, without even missing a beat.

That depends upon either Shavano Park resident and neighbor of his appointed guardian, Judge Oscar Kazen, OR a higher court considering the different appeals pending in this case, deciding that Kazen’s incorrect Guardianship Orders, based on omitted sub-paragraph (d) in §1055.003 and omitted sub-item (a)(5) of §1051.104, deserve, in the interests of the Law being correctly administered, to be immediately overturned, thus revoking Kazen’s Orders of Guardianship of both Charlie Thrash’s person, and of his estate (money.)

We don’t want to dwell on any unwanted outcomes, but we remind everyone that at 82 years old, Charlie Thrash is the oldest participant in this ‘legal’ guardianship proceeding, and therefore most likely has the least amount of time left, than the rest of us.

Is it possible to receive any respect for one’s personal wishes, once a person becomes older, and needs assistance? Or, are we all doomed to be fleeced by our neighbors and their predatory representatives, instead of being allowed to age gracefully, with dignity, and with respect? 

In Shavano Park, Texas, as things stand now, we’re no longer sure of the answer to that question.

Charlie's team

Charlie Thrash was livin' the Good Life, until 2018, when Bexar County (San Antonio, Texas) Probate Court decided that Charlie could not make decisions for himself any longer. The rest of what follows, is Charlie's journey. For more details, click here.
Charlie thrash
Ward of Mary Werner (corporate guardian) and Tonia Barina (distant, estranged family member, awarded Charlie by Judge Rickhoff, upheld by Judge Kazen)
Philip M Ross obtained his J.D. in 1984 from St Mary's University, San Antonio, TX. He has made it a hallmark of his career to champion the rights of the elderly, who frequently end up dispossessed, when confronted with a judge's order, mandating them into confinement, through guardianship.
Philip M Ross
Attorney for Charlie Thrash and Laura Martinez-Thrash
Laura Martinez met Charlie in 2012 on a blind date. They hit it off, and spent the next six years having fun. Until Bexar County Probate Court decided they knew what was best for Charlie. The rest of what follows shows how someone who loves another, can get caught up in legal machinations, that have nothing to do with love.
Laura Martinez-Thrash
Common-Law Wife of Charlie Thrash
Jo Ann Rivera is an accomplished investigator, and one you do not want snooping around your nest, lest it be discovered that much more than what has been admitted, has been going on, for a long time. You will be unmasked.
Jo Ann Rivera
Investigator

The Court's Team

Judge Oscar Kazen at the Bexar County Courthouse on April 10, 2019. Photo: Tom Reel /Staff photographer for the San Antonio Express-News, a Hearst newspaper.
Judge Oscar Kazen at the Bexar County Courthouse on April 10, 2019. Photo: Tom Reel /Staff photographer for the San Antonio Express-News, a Hearst newspaper.
May 24, 2018: Bexar County Probate Judge Tom Rickhoff speaks with reporters before a speech to the Alamo Pachyderm Club. Credit: Scott Ball / San Antonio Report
May 24, 2018: Bexar County Probate Judge Tom Rickhoff speaks with reporters before a speech to the Alamo Pachyderm Club. Credit: Scott Ball / San Antonio Report
Should you wish to enjoy the same legal representation as has been used against Charlie Thrash, to thwart his wishes and uphold substitute choices made by Bexar County Probate Court No 1, no matter how much the court's choices differ from Mr Thrash's properly-stated, legally-written wishes, well then, you need to call (210) 588-2901, poste haste!
Should you wish to enjoy the same legal representation as has been used against Charlie Thrash, to thwart his wishes and uphold substitute choices made by Bexar County Probate Court No 1, no matter how much the court's choices differ from Mr Thrash's properly-stated, legally-written wishes, well then, you need to call (210) 588-2901, poste haste!

All attorneys arguing for the continuation of Charlie Thrash's
guardianship are all paid 100% out of Charlie's estate (money)

Because you can’t put a wealthy person into guardianship solely by hiring one of the most expensive teams in town, supplemental attorneys were brought in to help bolster Tonya Barina & Mary Werner’s legal arguments.

Barrett Shipp, of Shipp Ecke, representing Mary Werner, Guardian of Charlie Thrash. 100% of Barrett's legal fees are paid out of cash generated through the sale of Charlie Thrash's former assets. Tonya Barina, court-appointed Guardian of Charlie's money, ensures this process flows smoothly.
Barrett Shipp, of Shipp Ecke, representing Mary Werner, Guardian of Charlie Thrash. 100% of Barrett's legal fees are paid out of cash generated through the sale of Charlie Thrash's former assets. Tonya Barina, court-appointed Guardian of Charlie's money, ensures this process flows smoothly.
Karen Andersen, formerly a sole practitioner, representing Tonya Barina-Guardian of Charlie Thrash, has joined forces with CKL-Lawyers.com who were also, coincidentally we are sure, also previously representing Tonya Barina Re: Guardianshp of Charles Innes Thrash, an Adult
Karen Andersen, formerly a sole practitioner, representing Tonya Barina-Guardian of Charlie Thrash, has joined forces with CKL-Lawyers.com who were also, coincidentally we are sure, also previously representing Tonya Barina Re: Guardianshp of Charles Innes Thrash, an Adult
The Bowen Partners, comprised of Kristopher Bowen, Jr and Andrea Bowen, representing Guardian of Charlie Thrash's estate (money), Tonya Barina. Nothing says legal professionalism like a FaceBook page, right?
The Bowen Partners, comprised of Kristopher Bowen, Jr and Andrea Bowen, representing Guardian of Charlie Thrash's estate (money), Tonya Barina. Nothing says legal professionalism like a FaceBook page, right?

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