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Elder Financial Abuse Archives

Elder Financial Abuse | How to Stop Senior Fraud

Defend Against Elder Fraud.jpgJune is Elder Abuse Awareness Month, and now is as good an opportunity as ever to assess the threat of elder financial exploitation. Let's just say it's staggering - just recently the US Justice Department charged 260 defendants with defrauding over 2 million seniors to the tune of $750 million. It's the "largest single law enforcement action against elder fraud in American history." And it's a wake-up call for the rest of us - so how can we protect our elderly loved ones from financial predators?

Harper Lee's Last Book | Elder Financial Abuse?

Harper Lee Elder Financial Abuse.jpgThe Alabama novelist Harper Lee is remembered today as the author of an iconic work of literature that has influenced millions of people throughout the world since its publication in 1960. To Kill a Mockingbird not only won her the Pulitzer Prize in 1961, but the 1962 movie starring Gregory Peck won three Oscars and continues to entertain audiences to this day.

Safeguarding Seniors from Financial Exploitation | Speaking Event

Talk on Elder Financial Abuse Sacramento.jpgLast week I delivered a presentation at an event hosted by Eskaton Senior Care & Services and the Sacramento Sheriff's Department. This seminar is the second Eskaton event I've spoken at, and I'm proud that I could attend. "Safeguarding Seniors from Financial Exploitation" was held at Arden Fair Mall's food court, and it focused on practical ways that elders and their families can steer clear of scams and protect their future.

Interview with Kathryn Zox | Spotlight on Elder Financial Exploitation

Kathryn Zox Interview Michael Hackard.jpgRecently Michael Hackard spoke with Kathryn Zox, known as "your social worker with a microphone," the host of the Kathryn Zox Show. We're grateful to Kathryn for covering such pressing issues like undue influence and elder financial abuse. Here's the interview below:

California Financial Elder Abuse | Damages Determined by Jury

Elder Financial Abuse Jury Damages.jpgI'm Mike Hackard from Hackard Law. I speak, write about and litigate California financial elder abuse cases. Given California's burgeoning elder population, it is little wonder that people want to hear more about this subject. Financial elder abuse is surely on the rise.

Elder Financial Abuse | Michael Hackard in San Diego Union-Tribune

Michael Hackard in San Diego Union Tribune.jpgPotential clients come to me on a regular basis with familiar stories. The details and circumstances differ in each case, but the basic plotline remains the same. An elderly loved one who recently passed away had been ailing - maybe they suffered Alzheimer's or dementia. Another person - often a particular family member or a caretaker - took advantage of their vulnerability and convinced the elder to transfer all their assets over to the wrongdoer. Frequently that wrongdoer will be addicted to alcohol or drugs and depends on the elderly parent or grandparent for income. Sometimes it's a stepmother that changes the trust in her favor over biological children of her deceased husband.

Presentation to CALI | Spot Elder Financial Abuse

CALI Presentation on Elder Financial Abuse.jpgLast week I was honored to deliver a presentation to the Sacramento chapter of the California Association of Licensed Investigators (CALI). The topic was an important and timely one - how to spot elder financial abuse.

Elder Financial Abuse | Watch Out for Predators

Elder Financial Abuse Watch Out for Predators.jpgOne of the topics I covered in my first book, The Wolf at the Door, is how the elderly are especially vulnerable to financial predators. As people get older, they are much more likely to let down their guards and become victims of scam artists and criminals.

Elder Financial Abuse | New Facts & Figures

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Fran Tarkenton | NFL Star Takes on Elder Financial Abuse

Fran Tarkenton Elder Financial Abuse Book.jpgWhen a household name speaks out on an issue of public interest, people tend to listen a little more attentively. Maybe a celebrity or famous athlete shares their fight against a serious disease, a struggle with mental illness or depression, or blows the whistle on crimes like sexual assault. So if a big name engages the media to raise awareness on elder financial abuse, I consider it a win for victims and their families.

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