Elder Financial Abuse in California
Known as “the crime of the 21st century,” elder financial abuse can range from exploitation and a variety of fraud schemes perpetrated by strangers to misappropriation of a senior’s funds and assets, often by a family member. Other potential perpetrators can include caretakers, financial professionals, attorneys, or con artists posing as a “new friend.” Many times elder financial abuse runs hand-in-hand with isolation, cognitive impairment on the part of the victim, undue influence and neglect.
In Sacramento and throughout Northern California, elder financial abuse poses a danger to our families and communities. Cases like contractor fraud, insurance fraud, investment fraud and real estate fraud, as well as telemarketing scams, are all too frequently perpetrated against our elderly neighbors and loved ones. Senior citizens are also vulnerable to wrongdoing by their very own relatives, with this situation unfortunately the most common form of elder financial abuse. Abusers within a family will take advantage of their position to hijack their elders’ bank accounts and steal their funds and property. At times perpetrators of elder financial abuse will also misuse power of attorney to defraud elderly victims, not to mention the wielding of undue influence to unlawfully change estate documents like wills and trusts.
Elder financial abuse is a serious crime that demands immediate action both in civil court and by authorities in law enforcement and adult protective services. If you suspect financial exploitation of an elderly loved one, we can help. Hackard Law regularly represents victims of elder financial abuse and their families in litigation to protect their interests and hold bad actors accountable.
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Individuals may suspect elderly abuse or neglect, but feel they do not have the resources to hire an attorney. If we accept your case, we work on a contingency basis, which means there are no fees upfront and you only pay attorney fees if we obtain a recovery for you.
Our lawyers represent families throughout Northern California in elderly abuse cases. If you cannot make it to our Sacramento office for a consultation, we can conduct one by phone or meet wherever it is convenient for you. Call 916-313-3030 or use our online contact form to schedule a consultation.