Most people who have a loved one who is a resident of a nursing home are concerned they may be subjected to abuse or neglect. Unfortunately, we have all heard tragic stories about elderly patients in long-term care facilities being robbed, physically abused, or neglected. If you have a family member in a nursing home, [ ] The post What to Do if You Suspect Elder Abuse appeared first on Northern California Center for Estate Planning and Elder Law.
It is important to remember, what every elder law attorney knows, that elder abuse is not limited to physical abuse or neglect. Another common type of elder abuse is financial in nature. Unfortunately, the elderly are often more susceptible to abuse because of diminished capacity. One of the most frequent causes of financial elder abuse [ ] The post Investigating Undue Influence in Elder Abuse in California appeared first on Northern California Center for Estate Planning and Elder Law.
There are some problems that are swept under the rug for one reason or another, and elder financial abuse is one of them. This issue has always existed, but up until recently, there was very little known about it. The matter is hard to analyze, because the vast majority of cases go unreported. In fact, a recent Elder Abuse Prevalence Study found that only one case out of every 44 is actually reported to the authorities. Why would so many cases of elder financial abuse go unreported? In many cases, the victims are not aware of the abuse, and this is one cause. Secondly, many instances are never reported because the victims are trying to protect the perpetrators. Though it is a very shameful reality, family members, friends, neighbors, and care givers often take advantage of their access to elderly people with financial resources. Of course, there are also crimes of predation. Con artists, scam perpetrators, identity thieves and the like often prey on senior citizens. Annual Losses Tho