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How Families Stop Elder Financial Abuse | Communication & Trust

How Families Stop Elder Financial Abuse | Trust & CommunicationElder financial abuse puts a senior's livelihood and well-being in jeopardy, and the problem isn't going away. If anything, the epidemic of exploitation against our elderly loved ones is only expanding, with Bloomberg recently estimating the annual losses across America at $37 billion. And this month Wells Fargo released its Elder Needs Survey, a study that interviewed 784 older Americans and 798 adult children of seniors. Its results help give us a fuller picture of how wrongdoers can find opportunities to perpetrate elder financial abuse, and how we can stop it or prevent it altogether.

How to Protect Families from Elder Financial Abuse | CA Trust Litigation

Protecting Families from Elder Financial Abuse.jpgThe power and potency of California elder financial abuse litigation dramatically changed for the better a few years ago - to be exact January 1, 2014 - the date the Elder Abuse and Dependent Adult Civil Protection Act became effective. It is one thing to have a robust new statute to protect elders and their families and it is another thing to enforce it. The California Legislature noted at the time of the law's passing that "cases of abuse of . . . (infirm elderly persons and dependent adults) are seldom prosecuted as criminal matters, and few civil cases are brought in connection with this abuse." It's 2018, and while the law has changed and become more forceful, it is my experience that these cases are still "seldom prosecuted as criminal matters" and "few civil cases are brought in connection with this abuse."

Elder Financial Abuse | "No One's Safe"

Mickey Rooney Elder Financial Abuse.jpgDo you remember Mickey Rooney, the lovable actor from the 1940's and 1950's who starred in some of the best classic films of all time such as National Velvet, Breakfast at Tiffany's, Requiem for a Heavyweight and Black Stallion?

Steps to Protect from Elder Financial Abuse | Jim Bohannon

Elder Financial Abuse Protective Steps.jpgRecently American radio legend Jim Bohannon interviewed me on my book The Wolf at the Door: Undue Influence and Elder Financial Abuse. Financial exploitation of seniors poses a threat to our families and communities, and wrongdoers continue to prey on our elderly loved ones. Jim asked me a great question: What steps can we take to protect ourselves and our relatives from elder financial abuse? Here are some concrete measures I outlined:

Interview with Jim Bohannon | The Wolf at the Door

Jim Bohannon Interview Elder Financial Abuse.jpgYesterday I was honored to be interviewed by Jim Bohannon, a longtime veteran in broadcasting and one of the top talk radio hosts in America. We discussed my book The Wolf at the Door: Undue Influence and Elder Financial Abuse, and the dangers posed by exploitation of our elderly loved ones. Among the topics we covered were vulnerabilities exhibited by seniors to misconduct, who perpetrates elder financial abuse, and the four elements of undue influence. I'd like to thank Jim for having me on his show - it's a privilege to talk with a broadcasting legend and strike another blow in the fight to protect the most vulnerable among us. Here's an excerpt from the show:

The Case of Stan Lee | Elder Financial Abuse?

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How to Protect Your Loved Ones from Financial Elder Abuse

Protect from Elder Financial Abuse.jpgAbuse of the elderly can take many forms. Emotional, physical, sexual, and financial abuse can all seriously harm the elderly, who are among the most vulnerable of all residents in California. By knowing the warning signs, family members can help protect elderly loved ones from financial abuse. A Santa Clara estate litigation attorney can also help elder abuse victims explore their legal remedies, and determine how best to hold abusers accountable for preying on the elderly.

Fighting Elder Financial Abuse | Meet the Challenge

Meet the Challenge of CA Elder Financial Abuse.jpgThis week the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette spotlighted the growing threat of elder financial abuse and its tragic aftermath. The author of the article, Ginny Monk, also referenced my book The Wolf at the Door: Undue Influence and Elder Financial Abuse, for additional background to a problem that is only expanding in scale.

Blended Families & Elder Financial Abuse | Prudent Money

Interview with Bob Brooks on Elder Financial Abuse.jpgThis week I joined Bob Brooks, host of the radio show Prudent Money out of Forth Worth, TX. Bob is a veteran financial advisor and has dedicated himself to helping people make smart investments, get out of debt, and plan for retirement. He advocates responsible stewardship of money, and this principle shows itself as true as ever in how trustees should respect trust beneficiary rights. Bob and I discussed the challenge of blended families and stepmother disputes over estates in the context of my book The Wolf at the Door: Undue Influence and Elder Financial Abuse. A passage from Proverbs sums up what families face:

Deathbed Transfers | Seven Ponds Reviews The Wolf at the Door

Deathbed Transfers | Estate & Trust Litigation.jpgThe San Francisco-based project Seven Ponds, devoted to creating dialogue on death and the process of dying, reviewed my book The Wolf at the Door: Undue Influence and Elder Financial Abuse. I'm glad they found it informative and useful. Seven Ponds is especially sensitive to the topic of elder financial exploitation since seniors who are near death will often be vulnerable to predators.

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