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Elder Financial Abuse Archives

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.

POA Vultures | Power of Attorney Abuse

Power of Attorney Abuse.jpgImagine you're out driving in an open area on a beautiful, clear day. You can see as far as the tree line on the horizon. Suddenly, off in the field to your right you spot someone in the distance - it's an old man in tattered clothes. He's limping slowly and looks to be in pain; he's suffering. And then, in the sky above, you notice something extraordinary - there's vultures circling, just like in the old cartoons we used to watch. Would you stop and help the old man? Maybe bring him some water and call for medical help? You wouldn't let the vultures swoop down.

Sweetheart Scammers & Swindlers | America's Elders at Risk

Sweetheart Scammers & Swindlers | America's Elders at RiskImagine taking a call one morning from your recently widowed mother to learn of her professed love for a Florida man whom she has never met in person.

Whistleblowers | Stopping Elder Financial Abuse

Whistleblowers Elder Financial Abuse.jpgImage Credit: Richard Wheeler

Over a year has gone by since my book The Wolf at the Door: Undue Influence and Elder Financial Abuse was published, and I'm happy to report that it's still making an impact in the fight against elder exploitation. Last week Portsmouth, New Hampshire's Sea Coast Online writer Elizabeth Dinan reported on a local case of undue influence featured in The Wolf at the Door and interviewed the man who stood up to stop it.

Why Financial Elder Abuse Remedies Are Trending In The Law

Elder Financial Abuse Laws.jpgWe just held the midterm elections nationwide this month, and they got me thinking about elder financial abuse laws and the baby boomer generation.

Elder Financial Exploitation | An Innocent Child's Dilemma

Elder Financial Exploitation.jpgIt's natural - even good - that we should desire peace and avoid conflict. This desire might pale in the face of injustice. Families strained by the financial exploitation of a parent by a sibling or other close relative find themselves conflicted over calling out wrongdoing or trying to keep the appearance of harmony. That said, there are times in our lives when common decency and respect for the dignity of others will call us action - to painful confrontation. We pay a price for this.

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