How Can We Protect Seniors From Financial Abuse?
Elder abuse is seen by con artist as an easy crime to get away with, especially when the victims suffer from cognitive decline or memory loss. Moreover, the scammer may come from anywhere: a total stranger who pretends to give the senior a financial opportunity via an annuity or an insurance policy, a caregiver, even a friend or a member of the family. If you suspect that elder abuse may be occurring, it is important to contact ad California Elder Abuse Attorney.
Despite these risks, there are ways to avoid financial elder abuse:
- Be present: if your loved ones are alone they will be a perfect target. The more people that are present, the less likely it is that abuse will occur, especially if they protect seniors against other friends, relatives or personal caregivers by dissuading then from extorting your money just because they will have a risk to be caught red handed.
- Be aware: You have to talk about your estate planning, annuities and insurance policies with people you trust. The more people involved, the more you will get other perspectives about the financial products being offered to you. Moreover, they might notice something you don’t, like for example that one of your relative is stealing your money.
- Be curious: you don’t have to believe everything people say. Make your own investigation: is this broker/financial advisor really who they are pretending to be? Can I trust this website? To be sure, you may check the government websites; ones where the URL ends in “.gov”are official.
If you know of any elder abuse or fraud, or others, contact the Evans Law Firm at (415) 441-8669, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Evans Law Firm has California elder abuse attorneys who handle financial and physical elder abuse and nursing home abuse, as well as qui tam and whistleblower cases, healthcare, insurance, annuity, and banking fraud.