When you keep your head stuck in the sand avoiding somewhat difficult subjects you may find yourself in a challenging situation later on. With this in mind let’s take a look at elder financial abuse.
This type of abuse comes in multiple different forms. There are people who target seniors who are predators. They are proactive about finding prey. These types could include scam artists that approach people in person, over the phone, or on the Internet.
Another type of predatory abuser would be an identity thief.
Because of the fact that many of our elders suffer from diminished mental capacity to one extent or another they may not be as capable of fending off abusers as they may have been in the past. These predators are well aware of this fact.
Unfortunately, this is not the only form of abuse. As distasteful as it may be family members sometimes take advantage of their aging relatives. An appellate court in New York recently upheld the 2009 conviction of Anthony Marshall, who was found guilty of stealing millions of dollars from his mother Brooke Astor.
This is a high-profile case involving a great deal of money, but things like this happen all the time on smaller scales.
In addition to family members, caregivers can sometimes go bad and take advantage of their access to seniors.
From a legal perspective it is possible to put preventative measures in place. If you are interested in learning about them, contact our firm at (563) 445-7400 in Davenport set up a free consultation.