New Consequences for Elder Abuse Cases

Bar Association Approved

Sometimes the people you trust the most can betray you. This can be especially true when it comes to elderly people who rely on caregivers or trustees to be their financial planners or for their general well-being.

The elderly need to be careful who they choose to be their agents or trustees. They often sign over their assets to those who show care for them, only to fall victim to a common form of elder abuse – financial elder abuse. Financial elder abuse is common and victims are usually lonely, have suffered recent losses, have physical or mental disabilities, and have little or no knowledge of their funds.

As elder abuse continues to be a growing problem with approximately 6 million cases throughout the nation every year, new laws in 2012 are addressing prevention. Effective January 1, 2012, the state of California will allow wage garnishments against those convicted of financial elder abuse or elder abuse of any kind, such as physical abuse, abandonment, neglect and nursing home abuse, of a dependent adult.

If you or someone you know is a victim of elder financial abuse, an elder abuse lawyer can help. Elder abuse lawyers help elders, their family and friends resolve problems and recover monetary or property losses. Attorney Search Network can help you find an elder abuse lawyer who can assist you. Call us today for an elder abuse lawyer referral.


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