June 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?
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Trust beneficiary disputes occur for a host of reasons. And, whatever the reason, it seems that Bay Area trust beneficiary disputes often involve who gets the family home.
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"Trust fund babies" is a term that easily evokes mental images of young people unburdened by work or other responsibilities and backed by a secure income. The term itself is somewhat disparaging. It paints with a broad brush.
Hello, I'm Mike Hackard. I lead Hackard Law, a law firm that focuses on significant estate, trust and elder financial abuse litigation in California. I'm the author of the new book Alzheimer's, Widowed Stepmothers & Estate Crimes, now available on Amazon.
Last 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.