Reporting on the recent Elder Financial Protection Network 9th National Summit on Financial Exploitation of the Elderly in San Francisco, local CBS news interviewed and quoted Attorney Ingrid Evans of the Evans Law Firm on what we can do to protect our elders from the growing problem of financial elder abuse.
Evans, who brought San Francisco’s first financial elder abuse case in 2003, provides us with the following insight: it is our current generation who can and must prevent elder abuse by protecting their parents and other seniors today. The more that the general population is educated and vigilant about elder abuse, the more they can be on guard against, identify, and stop the abuses.
Elder financial abuse takes a variety of forms, and perpetrators are constantly coming up with new ways to scam elders by selling them unnecessary insurance products; posing as caregivers and then committing property, financial, and identity theft; and tricking seniors into signing legal documents that are complex and detrimental to their financial wellbeing. Adult children of elders can prevent these sorts of abuses by remaining active in their parents’ lives, by staying aware of their parents’ finances and medical status, and by checking in regularly on any caregivers or financial advisors who may have access to their parents’ financial records and personal information.
The Evans Law Firm specializes in elder abuse litigation in San Francisco and throughout California. If you or a loved one have suffered elder abuse in California, contact the Evans Law Firm at 415-441-8669 or 800-50-EVANS for a free and confidential consultation, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.