Ingrid M. Evans On Financial Elder Abuse And Fraud
Financial Exploitation of Seniors By Caretakers, Insurance Agents And Others
The founder of Evans Law Firm, Inc., Ingrid M. Evans, was recently interviewed on The Attorney Post on the subject of financial elder abuse. From the very beginning of the interview Ingrid shares her passion for representing victims of elder abuse, dating back to her time with the San Francisco City Attorney’s Office over 20 years ago. When Ingrid created Evans Law Firm, Inc., she made the representation of victims of financial elder abuse a cornerstone of the firm’s practice. It still is a cornerstone of the firm’s practice. If you have a senior loved one who may be suffering from financial elder abuse, call Ingrid today at (415)441-8669.
Three major sources of financial exploitation of seniors that Ingrid has seen over the years are in-home caretakers, persons acting with powers of attorney, and insurance agents selling unsuitable annuities to seniors are. Based on her experience, Ingrid shares the red flags of those kinds of financial exploitation. She describes how abusers can start their abusive conduct in any number of ways and how the abuse can run the gamut from outright theft to more subtle manipulation of Wills and trusts or sales of unsuitable annuities or other insurance products. Ingrid also discusses what families and loved ones of seniors can do to help prevent financial abuse of older loved ones.
Steps for Protection
“Let’s look out for one another.”
Ingrid’s advice for protecting our older loved ones and neighbors is straightforward: let’s look out for one another. That means staying involved in an older person’s life. Isolated seniors are far and away the most vulnerable to financial exploitation. But seniors who live alone don’t have to be isolated; independent living and isolation are two different things. Ingrid’s advice? Check in on older persons frequently. Talk to them privately and directly and find out what’s going on in their life. If you’re a family member make sure they have powers of attorney lined up appointing persons they can trust in that role before they start to lose capacity to make their own decisions. If they need a caretaker, do not let a caretaker get involved in financial matters. Never ever let an older person grant a Power of Attorney to a caretaker. If the senior does not have family who can act as Power of Attorney they can get a licensed professional fiduciary, bonded and insured, to help.
Ingrid’s interview examines financial elder abuse in much more detail than we can cover here. We urge you to listen to her interview and learn more about the warning signs of financial elder abuse and what we all can do to protect our older loved ones and neighbors……TODAY.
You can watch the entire interview here: Elder Financial Abuse Caretaker Fraud with California Attorney Ingrid Evans | Evans Law
Ingrid M. Evans can be reached at Evans Law Firm, Inc. by calling (415) 441-8669, or by email at <a href=”mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org”>email@example.com</a>. Our firm handles 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.