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People with Dementia | Targets for Elder Financial Abuse

Dementia and Elder Financial Abuse.jpg5.8 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's Disease. About 670,000 of these Americans live in California.

Interview with Pamela Wilson | The Caring Generation

Interview with Pamela Wilson | The Caring GenerationRecently Michael Hackard joined Pamela D. Wilson, a caregiving expert and advocate for protecting the well-being of seniors. Pamela is the host of The Caring Generation, and we were honored to speak with her about how to counter elder financial abuse and undue influence. Thank you for the great talk, Pamela!

Probate Guardianship Abuse | Stopping Elder Financial Exploitation

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Interview with Chuck Jaffe | Alzheimer's, Widowed Stepmothers & Estate Crimes

Interview with Chuck Jaffe on Elder Financial Abuse.jpgThis week I was pleased to join Chuck Jaffe, host of the popular radio show Money Life. Chuck is a veteran journalist with nationally syndicated columns in publications like The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, and MarketWatch, and it goes without saying he knows a thing or two about financial management and well-being.

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.

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