Caregivers and Financial Elder Abuse
Comic Book Legend Stan Lee’s Caregiver Arrested for Theft and Elder Abuse
Failing seniors are always at risk of financial exploitation and abuse by all kinds of abusers, including especially caregivers with the most proximity to their victims. Last week, in a case receiving national attention, police arrested the former business partner and caregiver of comic book legend Stan Lee and charged the 43-year-old man with three felonies, including false imprisonment and grand theft of an elder or dependent adult, and a misdemeanor charge of elder abuse. Lee was 95 when he died last November. The Marin and California elder abuse attorneys at Evans Law Firm, Inc. know how devastating financial elder abuse can be. We represent seniors and their loved ones victimized by theft and abuse from caregivers, financial advisors, insurance agents, trustees and others. If you or someone you know is a victim of financial elder abuse in Marin County or elsewhere in California, call us today at 415-441-8669, and we can help.
Previous court documents filed by Lee’s lawyers alleged that Lee’s caregiver isolated him from his family and other associates, moved him out of his home, and exerted undue influence over him. According to police, the caregiver used his influence to deceive Lee into thinking he was in danger in order to remove him from his home and isolate him. Lee’s attorneys allege the former business partner and caregiver mishandled more than $5 million of Lee’s money. Lee’s wife of 70 years died in 2017. In the year following her death, there were numerous reported allegations that Lee and his daughter were “picked apart by vultures.”
Protecting Yourself or a Senior Loved One From Abuse and Fraud
While financial elder abuse of wealthy persons and celebrities gets media attention, financial elder abuse can strike any senior. And while protection can never be absolute, all seniors’ loved ones can take steps that will significantly reduce the chances of financial elder abuse. Always keep valuables and important papers like a Will or Power of Attorney in a secure place, off limits to caregivers and other strangers. Never ever grant a Power of Attorney to a caregiver or show them a trust, Will or other financial papers. Never make them an authorized signer on a bank account or sign a blank check for them. Make an inventory of property in the senior’s home. Run a background check and contact references for any in-home caregiver before hiring them. Visit regularly, often unannounced, and review statements, records and the mail. Report suspicions to the police and Marin Adult Protective Services immediately and call qualified elder abuse counsel. While official reporting is important, you should pursue all civil remedies available to senior victims under California elder abuse law. Our lawyers handle elder abuse cases of all varieties and know the remedies, extra damages, and awards of attorneys’ fees and costs to which you or your victimized loved one may be entitled. We fight for seniors every day.
If you or a loved one been the victim of elder abuse in Marin or elsewhere in California, contact Ingrid M. Evans and the other Evans Law Firm elder abuse attorneys at (415) 441-8669, or by email at <a href=”mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org”>email@example.com</a>. We can help guide your case through investigation, discovery, through a jury trial or toward an equitable settlement. We handle cases involving physical and financial elder abuse, qui tam and whistleblower law, nursing home abuse, whole life insurance and universal life insurance, and indexed, variable, and fixed annuities.
 Evans Law Firm, Inc. was not involved in the case in any way.