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May 29, 2018 by |

Marin County and California Financial Elder Abuse Attorney: Preventing Financial Elder Abuse

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Helping Senior Loved Ones in Marin County

Every day, thousands of seniors suffer injury at the hands of acquaintances or people they know even better. Seniors in Marin County are targets and victims of financial elder abuse too.  The consequences of financial elder abuse in any form and from any corner can be devastating.  The Marin County and California financial elder abuse attorneys at Evans Law Firm, Inc. represent senior victims and their families in civil actions against all manner of abusers: insurance agents, brokers, reverse mortgage lenders, financial advisors, persons acting pursuant to a Power of Attorney, trustees, and embezzling caregivers, among other.  Our financial elder abuse lawyers pursue all remedies available to seniors under California insurance laws and the California Elder Abuse and Dependent Adult Civil Protection Act.  If you or someone you know is the victim of financial elder abuse in Marin County or elsewhere in California, call Evans Law Firm today at 415-441-8669.

Help in Marin County

The first calls regarding suspected financial elder abuse should be to the police and Adult Protective Services. There is additional government help for financial elder abuse victims in Marin County. The Marin County District Attorney’s Office (DA) collaborates with many Marin County agencies and community-based organizations to address elder abuse, whether it stems from neglect, physical abuse, or financial fraud. For financial elder abuse cases, the DA’s office is part of the Marin County Financial Abuse Specialist Team (FAST), a multidisciplinary team of public agency representatives and private professionals from the financial services industry. FAST provides forensic assistance in the investigation of complex cases of suspected elder financial abuse.  If you suspect financial elder abuse, call the police, Adult Protective Services, and FAST.

While our Marin County financial elder abuse attorneys always recommend you contact law enforcement and FAST whenever you suspect financial elder abuse, you should also seek the help of counsel. Our lawyers will pursue all available remedies under California law for financial elder abuse victims.  Remedies include restitution (getting your money back), damages, rescission of contracts, and extra damages and awards of attorneys’ fees and costs to the victim.  Law enforcement and public elder abuse agencies are a big help but they are not empowered to pursue all these remedies for you.  If you suspect financial elder abuse in Marin County, call us today.  The time limitations on bringing a suit are strict and relatively short, so you need to act quickly if you have suffered economic loss from financial elder abuse.

What You Can Do To Protect Loved Ones … And Yourself

If you’re a senior or the loved one of a senior be cautious in all financial matters. Isolation is a particular danger.  If you’re a senior, stay close to trusted friends and family and let them help you with any financial decision and the day-to-day monitoring of your accounts.  Stay active in community and support groups and bring a friend or family member to any business meetings you have.  Don’t let anyone pressure you into a quick decision.  Know that anyone could be a potential financial predator.  That’s a hard dose of reality, but true.

Seek the advice of people you trust. If you need a Power of Attorney for financial matters, we recommend that you appoint two trusted individuals so that they always work together on your affairs. The more trusted people you surround yourself with, the safer you.  Do not relinquish authority by a Power of Attorney to anyone unless it’s someone you completely trust.   Make sure checks are kept in a safe place.  If in-home care is required, do a thorough background check on anyone before hiring them.  Avoid sales pitches from insurance agents and advisors unless you have a family member or close friend with you at the time.  Dependent seniors are often victims of financial elder abuse by caregivers or unscrupulous insurance agents or financial advisors who promise help. 

Contact Us

If you or a loved one been the victim of financial elder abuse in Marin County or elsewhere in California, contact Marin County and California elder abuse attorney Ingrid Evans and the other Evans Law Firm financial elder abuse attorneys at (415) 441-8669, or by email at <a href=”mailto:info@evanslaw.com”>info@evanslaw.com</a>. Our attorneys have experience with all types of financial elder abuse, investment and securities fraud and annuity fraud. We can help guide your case 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.

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