Every community has a duty to protect its most vulnerable members, and that duty falls to each one of us. If we see a small child endangered, we know we have to act to protect that child and prevent further harm. The same rule applies for those who are less noticed in our society but just as vulnerable: the elderly. Senior citizens represent a growing segment of our population, and as their numbers increase, so too does the likelihood of their exploitation by predators. Elder abuse is a clear and present danger to California families, and the more we're informed on its warning signs, the better the chance we have of stopping it.
Communities across California overwhelmingly support programs to prevent financial elder abuse and to punish those responsible for this offense. California law provides clear civil and criminal remedies to enforce the rule that elder financial abusers must be held accountable for all the harms and losses that they cause. In estate, trust and probate litigation, that means that predators can be made to pay for their wrongdoing in civil court.