Financial Elder Abuse in Los Angeles, CA
Has your elderly loved one suffered from fiscal abuse?
Dependent adults can often be the victims of financial abuse by family members, care takers nursing home staff or residential care facilities. Sadly, taking advantage of the elderly is no new thing. Financial abuses have reportedly been the cause of at least 13% of all elder abuse cases. Still, many experts believe there are thousands of cases that are never reported or noticed. Financial abuses can range drastically, including the following:
- Forging the elder's signature
- Internet scams targeting dependent adults
- Unreasonable charges for care or other services
- Use of fraudulent documents
- Power of attorney abuse
- Unauthorized access to funds
- Mail fraud
- Coercion for money
- Selling non-existent products
- Taking or using property or possessions with permission
If you or a family member has suffered from any form of elder financial abuse, do not hesitate to contact a Los Angeles elder abuse lawyer from Norman Taylor & Associates. We will aggressively pursue justice for your case, offer you or your loved one the care and respect that you deserve.
You may be able to identify cases of financial abuse by observing patterns or fluctuations in another person’s finances. The Financial Abuse Reporting Act SB1018 was enacted to train employees of financial institutions to recognize and report the financial abuse of dependent adults. Unfortunately, it isn't enough for banking staff to detect financial abuse of older adults. It is the responsibility of anyone living with, caring for or working with the elderly to be knowledgeable about and
detect the signs of financial abuse.
Should I file a financial elder abuse claim?
There are over 3.6 million adults in California over the age of 65 and this number continues to grow as the baby boomers reach retirement age. With the growing numbers of dependent adults comes an influx of individuals in nursing homes or requiring some kind of assisted living services. This means many more people are vulnerable to mistreatment and financial abuse. When elder victims put their finances in the hands of a seemingly trustworthy care taker or family member, they can often end up suffering abuses. The appeal for this criminal action is much stronger, as many elderly individuals can’t defend their rights or voice their fears as easily. In some cases, individuals don’t even realize they have been taken advantage of for several years. Due to this difficulty, it is the responsibility of those around them to identify and report elder abuse.
Whether an elderly person is a victim of financial abuse, nursing home abuse or physical mistreatment, our firm is prepared to help. Alert authorities to an abuse incident, then call our office right away. Without the proper legal support, your case may be dismissed or disregarded by police or hospitals. Our Los Angeles elder abuse attorneys will work hard to collect all the necessary evidence and material to prove your loved one’s case. We are compassionate with clients and persistent in our fight for the elderly. We will use our expertise and resources to protect the rights of you or your loved one.
Contact us today to schedule a free consultation or fill out a free
case evaluation at any time.