Our rules of justice are designed to protect all of us from harm - should we choose to enforce them. And one basic rule of justice is that victims of crime or civil wrongdoing must not be victimized again in the prosecution of their claims against a wrongdoer.
Elder financial abuse cases go unnoticed far more often than they might ever reach the news, but the story of Geraldine Webber is proving an exception to that rule. Webber, who resided in Portsmouth, NH, and died at age 94 in late 2012, designated an unrelated police officer the main beneficiary of her $2.7 million estate.
When we picture incidents of abuse at elder care facilities, we usually imagine wrongdoing committed by negligent or malicious staff, no matter how proportionally few they might be. Yet a newly-released study carried out by Cornell University on elder abuse in nursing homes contains some surprising and disturbing conclusions about where most abuse actually comes from: fellow residents of the care facility.
Here at Hackard Law, our attorneys regularly represent Northern California trustees and beneficiaries in probate litigation cases. Issues examined include accountings; trustee removal and surcharge petitions; undue influence disqualification petitions; elder financial abuse; fraud; and concealment and conversion actions.
A common but often unrecognized danger to senior citizens and their well-being is the pernicious phenomenon of elder financial abuse. Here at Hackard Law, we've observed such wrongdoing over years of managing estate litigation. Depositions over a contested will or trust can suddenly reveal new details pointing to the exploitation of a senior for financial gain by one of the parties in the case.