Financial Abuse of the Elderly
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Lynnwood, Washington Elder Law Attorneys
Though a sad fact, more and more elderly people are being victimized by financial abuse. At Riach Gese Jacobs PLLC, our attorneys understand the toll on victims and their families that financial abuse can take. If you suspect your loved one has been exploited by an unscrupulous friend or relative, it is important to take action.
Protecting the Elderly in Our Communities
Financial abuse of the elderly can be manifested in many forms. Often, it will go unnoticed for quite some time. However, there are signs that family members can watch for if they suspect their loved one may be susceptible to exploitation:
- Unpaid Bills
- Missing Money or Property
- Unauthorized Bank Withdrawals
- Signatures Forged on Documents and Checks
- New Loans Acquired Against Property or Insurance
In Washington State, legislation is now in place to protect the elderly from financial abuse and to rectify situations involving exploitation. If a friend or relative of an elderly individual is found to be financially abusive, he or she may not be entitled to receive anything specified for him or her by a will.
If you have concerns about the financial wellbeing of your mother, father, neighbor or other loved one, there are steps you can take to protect him or her from financial abuse. At our firm, you will find understanding lawyers ready to listen to you and to help you work to protect the interests of your loved one. From establishing guardianships, conservatorships and powers of attorney to holding accountable those who take advantage of the elderly, our firm stands ready to protect the members of our community.