Elder Care Law and Elder Abuse Considered

Why do we need elder care law? What’s it all about? Where is it lacking? How do we define it? Is it only about physical abuse or are there other components? And if so, how can we protect our seniors? Well, first we need to address all the issues. And there are concerns and challenges that perhaps do not get all the attention that we should be giving them.

Not long ago, I met an individual who had a very interesting job as an attorney. He worked in Los Angeles, was appointed by the court, and his job was to help elders who’d been defrauded out of their money through investment scams and fraud. But he indicated to me that most of the cases he’d had lately involved with had to do with family members and trustees of family trusts ripping off the elders and stealing the money.

In discussing all this it occurred to me that there is just too much unethical behavior going on when it comes to money and it’s just terrible that family members, trusted friends, and trustees would stoop so low to fraudulently steal money or scam elders. Even worse, is that as my acquaintance mentioned to me it’s just gotten so much worse after all this recessionary period.

Interestingly enough, there was a very telling article in the Wall Street Journal the other day titled; “When Seniors Scam Seniors” by Jason Zweig and Marty Pilon (published on December 18, 2010). And this brings up another reason that it’s often difficult to catch all of the fraudulent activity out there. Indeed, it’s not so difficult to catch scamsters who put on financial type seminars at old folks homes, and retirement communities, but how do you catch the criminality when it’s from within.

In other words when it is one of them, or in the case of my acquaintance’s observations a family member or close friend, it seems we all have serious problem in our society with these issues. And it’s good to see there are those who are working on these issues. Indeed, it appears there is more to elder abuse and elder law than just protecting our seniors from physical abuse. You see, as taxpayer’s we all lose when seniors are taken from their monies and life-time savings.

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