Financial Exploitation of Seniors
Restraining Orders and Repeat Offenders
Criminals who prey on seniors are often repeat offenders, stealing cash, credit cards and personal property from vulnerable victims. The victimized senior may have a restraining order against the repeat offender to protect him or her against continued harassment, threats and physical harm and such a protective order can help prevent harm. The San Francisco and California financial elder abuse attorneys at Evans Law Firm, Inc. represent victims of financial elder abuse whether at the hands of strangers, caregivers, trustees, conservators, financial advisors, or insurance agents selling inappropriate products like annuities or life insurance for a commission. Our attorneys can assist in securing a restraining order if the situation warrants such protection. If you or a loved one has been the victim of financial elder abuse in San Francisco or elsewhere in California, call our financial elder abuse lawyers today at (415)441-8669.
Some states are now considering elder abuse registries similar to registries of child molesters and sex offenders. Elder abuse registry legislation has been introduced in California in the past but the State has not moved to adopt a registry law. National groups also advocate for a national registry but as of yet no national registry exists. Our elder abuse litigators have seen many cases of elder abuse by repeat offenders over the years and believe the idea merits serious consideration.
In the meantime, the best response is to act quickly if you are a victim of elder or suspect elder abuse of a loved one or friend. Notify Adult Protective Services and local police at once, but also reach out to counsel. Qualified financial elder abuse lawyers, such as the elder abuse lawyers at Evans Law Firm, will pursue all remedies available to seniors in California including restitution (getting your money back), rescission (undoing an invalid contract), extra damages, and recovery of attorneys’ fees and costs incurred in bringing a financial elder abuse action.
Preventing Financial Elder Abuse
If you have a senior loved one, stay involved in his or her life and visit regularly, reviewing bank accounts, checkbooks, statements, and important papers. Accompany them on trips to the bank or any business meeting. Ward off strangers who take a sudden interest in their “well-being” or financial matters. Do a background check on anyone you hire to assist your loved one. If your loved one has an in-home caregiver or other new acquaintance who seems overly interested in the elderly person’s life, be on guard. Look for signs of financial exploitation:
- Unexpected changes in account balances or banking practices
- New bank accounts
- Allowing a new friend or trusted acquaintance to make decisions on the elderly person’s behalf
- Unauthorized or unexplained withdrawals
- Disappearance of cash or valuable possessions
- Unanticipated transfers of assets to others
- Unpaid bills
- Sudden changes to a will, trust, or other important financial documents
- Someone screening the elder’s phone calls or going through their mail
If you or someone you love is the victim of financial elder abuse by a caregiver, trustee, insurance agent, broker, financial advisor or other party, call Ingrid M. Evans and the other San Francisco and California financial elder abuse attorneys at Evans Law Firm, Inc. at (415) 441-8669, or by email at <a href=”mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org”>email@example.com</a>. Our attorneys have experience with securities, annuity, and other investment fraud, financial elder abuse cases and complex qui tam or whistleblower cases including offshore tax avoidance cases, complex financial contract cases and cases against large insurance companies. We can help guide your case through a jury trial or toward an equitable settlement. We also handle cases involving physical elder abuse, nursing home abuse, whole life insurance and universal life insurance, and indexed, variable, and fixed annuities.