Elder Abuse and Exploitation
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. Any of 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, please contact the Rhode Island elder law attorney at Connelly Law as soon as possible.
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Financial Exploitation of the Elderly
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; they are often taken advantage of by family members or businesspeople.
Elderly individuals who are isolated, lonely, or who 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 fairly simple, as the 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. It is imperative that loved ones keep in constant contact with 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 individual if they have been a victim of any form of exploitation. It is not safe to assume that a person is incapable of exploiting an elderly person because they are a family member, financial planner, mortgage broker, caretaker, etc. Anyone is capable of abusing 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.
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