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Elder Abuse - Massachusetts
A Serious Problem
Over 500,000 individuals over the age of 60 are abused, neglected, or financially exploited in the United States every year. This number is a low estimate, seeing as thousands of elderly people do not or cannot report their form of abuse. Elderly people who are victims of elder abuse are often exploited or harmed by someone they know and/or trust, such as a family member or caretaker.
Elder abuse can be physical, sexual, emotional, or financial and may also include neglect or abandonment. These types of abuse can lead to health problems or the worsening of already-present health conditions.
If you believe your loved one is a victim of abuse, be sure to contact the Rhode Island elder law attorney at Connelly Law as soon as possible.
Financial Exploitation of Seniors
Taking money or property without an elderly person's knowledge or permission, forging his or her signature, using undue influence to force an elderly individual into signing a legal document, and using an older person's property without their permission are just a few examples of financial exploitation. There are dozens of ways an elderly person can be exploited; family members or businesspeople often take advantage of them.
Elderly individuals who are isolated, lonely, or suffer from mental or physical disabilities are at risk for becoming financially exploited. Family members may believe they are entitled to the elderly person's finances, while businesspeople may overcharge for products or services. Elderly people control about 70% of the nation's wealth, making them primary targets for financial abuse. As a person gets older, they may lose track of their finances and the value of their assets. This makes financial exploitation reasonably straightforward, as the elderly individual is not aware of what they financially possess and do not realize when/if chunks of their estate are missing.
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Elder abuse can be hard to recognize. Bruises can be easily overlooked as clumsy mistakes, and changes in behavior might be disregarded as side effects of their aging. Loved ones must constantly contact their elderly family members and hire a trustworthy person or firm to manage a loved one's finances to minimize the chance of financial, sexual, emotional, or physical abuse.
Connelly Law has the experience to represent an elderly individuals if they have been a victim of any form of exploitation. It is not safe to assume that a person cannot exploit an elderly person because they are a family member, financial planner, mortgage broker, caretaker, etc. Anyone can abuse an elderly person, and if found guilty, criminal charges may be brought against them. If you wish to discover what our elder law firm can do for you and your elderly loved one, please call our office.
Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Connecticut Certified Elder Law Attorney
"You are not alone if you have been the victim of abuse, exploitation, or neglect. Many people care and can help. Please tell your doctor, a friend, or a trusted family member, our law office, or call the Eldercare Locator help line immediately. You can reach the Eldercare Locator by telephone at 1-800-677-1116. The Eldercare Locator is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern Time.
---- RJ Connelly III
"Southern New England's Certified Elder Law Attorney"
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