Every community has a duty to protect its most vulnerable members, and that duty falls to each one of us. If we see a small child endangered, we know we have to act to protect that child and prevent further harm. The same rule applies for those who are less noticed in our society but just as vulnerable: the elderly. Senior citizens represent a growing segment of our population, and as their numbers increase, so too does the likelihood of their exploitation by predators. Elder abuse is a clear and present danger to California families, and the more we're informed on its warning signs, the better the chance we have of stopping it.
It's June 1992. I lay prone on a hospital bed. I have a few dozen staples above my forehead that span ear to ear. They hold together my skull following a craniotomy to remove a brain tumor.
What many estate planners and occasional probate litigation attorneys don't understand about undue influence and elder financial abuse is how public policy has changed. California law now encourages firms like Hackard Law to investigate and prosecute elder financial abuse cases in civil court.