Take Action Against Elder Abuse.
Elder mistreatment is a recognized problem and will undoubtedly increase over the next several decades. With aging baby boomers
and people living longer lives, elder abuse is exploding out of control.
Elder abuse, or Financial exploitation, is also known as financial abuse. This abuse occurs when someone misuses or takes money from a vulnerable elderly person.
Financial abuse occurs quite often. This type of abuse can include the misuse of powers of attorney and guardianships, illegal transfers of property, and outright fraud and theft. Financial exploitation can also happen after a person’s death, through the mishandling of one’s Estate and distribution of property.
But most importantly… what you need to know is being able to detect it quickly, and then actually do something about it.
I urge you to look for these signs:
If you see an elder person who seems to be affected by any of the following situations . . . please act now!
Financial abuse against elderly persons are particularly difficult to detect because they are often unreported by victims. In many cases, it’s up to family and friends to discover the wrongdoing and file a complaint. Concerned friends, neighbors, and family members can help prevent financial abuse of the elderly by checking in with the person from time to time as many vulnerable victims are isolated from others. A few preventative measures might include occasionally arriving at the person’s home without calling, asking questions when things don't seem right, and listening carefully for potential problems.
Take Action. If you believe that an elderly person may be a victim of financial fraud, or any other type of abuse, please act quickly. Time is of the essence and the proper course of action will depend on the urgency of the situation. If the situation involves physical danger, it’s best to call 911, or get the local police involved. You can also contact your local Adult Protective Services who can investigate the situation.
If you suspect that a family member or loved one is no longer capable of making good financial decisions, you can initiate guardianship or conservatorship proceedings.
Call to get your questions answered. The law surrounding financial abuse involving the elderly can be complicated. Easter Law, PLLC is here to help you in the fight to stop Elder Abuse.
So please call 810-824-4520 and get your questions answered today!
Tragedy can strike quickly and without warning. You plan ahead and prepare your family for how to respond to severe weather or any tragedy that could occur in your area—extreme cold, flooding, tornados, power outages, or fire. You know what must be done before, during, and after to protect your family and your property. Extra blankets in the car, flashlights with fresh batteries, a case of bottled water in the basement, and a gas can full of gas in the garage, just in case. But what happens if you are in a car accident, or severely injured at work or at home, causing you to become incapacitated? What would your family do if you died unexpectedly? Have you and your family prepared a plan for how to handle this type of situation?
Why prepare? Being prepared can reduce fear, anxiety, and offer peace-of-mind knowing that your family is taken care of in the event you become incapacitated or die. To ensure your family knows what to do, and to protect your family and your property, you need an Estate Plan.
The need to plan is real. Without proper planning, your family is not protected in the event of your incapacity or death. For example, it is a common misunderstanding to believe that if you become incapacitated, that your spouse, child, or relative can act for you, or in your interests. The truth is, if you cannot make your own personal or medical decisions or sign your name to a financial document, a court will. Also, if you should die without an estate plan, the laws of Michigan can control who will receive your assets, who will be in charge of distributing your assets, and possibly who will care for your minor children. These are the reasons why it is important to have a plan to protect your family and assets.
Get informed. There are many details that can go into an estate plan, and each individual has her own distinctive needs that are important to them. It’s important to talk to an attorney to help establish a plan that fits your family’s dynamics. If you don’t have an attorney, call Easter Law today at 810-824-4520. Whether you are an individual or family needing assistance, we can help you establish an Estate Plan that fits your unique needs and circumstances.