Anytime an elderly loved one is being cared for by others, whether at a long-term care facility or by at-home caregivers, it is difficult not to worry about their physical and mental wellbeing. This is especially true given the prevalence of elder abuse. The Los Angeles elder law attorneys at Schomer Law Group, APC discuss what to do if you believe a loved one is the victim of elder abuse. The Harsh Reality of Elder Abuse Sadly, elder abuse is probably more prevalent than most people … [Read more...] about Elder Abuse – What to Do If You Believe a Loved One Is a Victim
Sometimes people turn away from unpleasant subjects, and this is understandable in a way, but it is not wise in some instances cases. This dynamic definitely applies to financial abuse of the elderly. Alarming Losses The crime of elder financial abuse was not acknowledged or studied very much until the groundbreaking MetLife Study of Elder Financial Abuse was released about ten years ago. They estimated annual losses at $2.6 billion at that time, but there was a significant … [Read more...] about Be Aware of Elder Financial Abuse
It is unfortunate, but nursing home abuse and neglect is a far too common reality. When the time comes to consider whether to place a loved one in a nursing home, finding one that is safe becomes a primary concern. Many clients ask are county nursing homes safe. The fact is, every nursing home is different and there are certain protections if elder abuse is suspected. Here is what you should know. Nursing home abuse and neglect Regrettably, nursing home abuse and neglect are realities. When … [Read more...] about Southern California Elder Abuse Issues
As all Los Alamitos elder law lawyers know, our seniors can be particularly susceptible to various forms of financial abuse and exploitation. Financial exploitation refers to the unauthorized use of an elderly individual’s finances or assets. This type of abuse can be perpetrated by a family member, caregiver or a stranger. A recent story about an elderly California couple demonstrates one of the many signs of elder financial abuse of which we should all be aware. The unfortunate eviction of … [Read more...] about Unexpected Eviction Can Be a Sign of Elder Financial Abuse
One challenge facing most consumers is finding trustworthy professionals to help manage their retirement finances. In the last few years, dozens of professional designations have been created, some of which purport to offer special expertise designed specifically for seniors. As described in a recent article, often these new designations are nothing more than a marketing device intended to give seniors a false sense of security. One such example was the designation “Certified Elder Planning … [Read more...] about New Legislation Seeks to Protect Elders from Pseudo Professional Designations
Were you recently notified that you were the winner of the Canadian lottery? Or perhaps you received a secret communiqué from a former official of the Nigerian government asking for your assistance discretely moving money out of his country. Were you surprised by your luck? As discussed in a recent Los Angeles Times article, perhaps you have become a victim of bad luck. These scams are some of the latest variants of a confidence game commonly known as the Spanish Prisoner scam, in which the … [Read more...] about Creative Scams Against Seniors Continue to Flourish
With the ever worsening foreclosure crisis in California, confidence artists have invoked an age-old government program—the land grant—to swindle victims out of their homes. In this article, the Los Angeles Times reported that California and federal authorities recently shut down a San Diego-based company that was allegedly convincing homeowners to pay thousands of dollars to obtain foreclosure protection via the use of a land grant. Allegedly, the victims were told that by transferring their … [Read more...] about The Latest Fairy Tale: the Return of the Land Grant
While elder abuse can take many forms, one method of elder abuse is identity theft. A common form of identity theft is where someone obtains your private confidential information and then uses it to obtain credit accounts. This pernicious problem was humorously illustrated in a series of television commercials from Citibank, including this one. Unfortunately, the problem of identity theft has become so prevalent that according to this article, a National Public Radio station in Madison, … [Read more...] about The LifeLock Controversy: Is There No Protection Against Identity Theft?
Although elder abuse was first recognized in the 1970s as a problem in the United States, it is disappointing to see that it is still not a well-know public health issue, especially considering the magnitude of the problem. According to this report prepared for Congress, during 1996 there were 500,000 incidents of elder abuse in the United States. However, this same report asserts that elder abuse claims were vastly underreported, with only 16% of the incidents being reported to law enforcement … [Read more...] about June 15th is Elder Abuse Awareness Day!