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Nov 30, 2015 by |

San Mateo EDAPTS to Changing Elder Abuse Situation

ATTORNEY NEWSLETTER

Background

San Mateo Elder abuse Attorneys are gratified to learn that the board of supervisors has voted to spend a portion of state funds on creating a task force to help combat financial elder abuse and nursing home abuse. Attorneys, counsellors, law enforcement and advocates have all banded together in creating EDAPT, the Elder and Dependent Adult Protection Team, designed to target abusers and potentially abusive situations in San Mateo county.

How does it work?

It is important to understand that elder abuse consists of more than just stealing from or physically abusing senior citizens. It can occur in a variety of ways, from medical malpractice to the sale of faulty financial products to sweetheart scams. Thus, it is a problem that has to be attacked from a variety of angles. Seniors have to understand their legal rights, have a support network of friends and family, necessary funds to not risk eviction from nursing care: it takes a village. EDAPT is designed to take on the problem on all these fronts by creating a go-to network of experts and concerned citizens from a variety of different fields.

What can I do?

The more important thing you can do to help protect seniors and dependent adults in your life is really very simple: try to be there to listen, discuss, and help. Seniors are more likely to be taken advantage of if they feel neglected or isolated, so by staying in their lives you can make all the difference. This also makes it harder for potential con artists to prey on seniors. It can be hard to talk about finances, scams, and other such topics, and many seniors are embarrassed to discuss it, but by talking about it, you can help avoid the awful situations that befall some seniors.

Who should I call?

Sometimes, legal remedies are required. If you think that you or a loved one may have been the victim of elder abuse or nursing home abuse, contact the Evans Law firm for a free consultation. The Evans Law Firm can be reached by phone at (415) 441-8669, or by email at info@evanslaw.com .

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