There are certain issues that are very much on the radar within the elder law community and one of these is the matter of elder financial abuse.
It is challenging to get a handle on the full extent of the problem because it is one that exists in the shadows to a large extent. This is because of the fact that so many cases of elder abuse are perpetrated by family members and helpers of various kinds.
When you have someone who is shopping for you and otherwise assisting you with your day-to-day needs who may be stealing from you as an elder you are probably relying on this help. As a result, you may look the other way even if you know or suspect that you are being exploited.
In addition, if a family member or someone that you care about is a financial abuser you simply may not want to get this person in trouble by reporting the abuse to the authorities.
Of course there are other types of abuse that are perpetrated by people whom the victim does not know. These would include telemarketing scams, bogus investment opportunities, Internet-based scams, and identity theft.
This is not the most pleasant subject to discuss, but elder financial abuse is a reality all the same. Being aware of it is part of the solution.
The best way to combat this scourge on our nation’s elderly is to work together as a family to look after the interests of elders in an honest and transparent way. The other component would be to engage the services of a good Hartford elder law attorney who will recommend the appropriate legal safeguards.