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Four Signs It’s Time to Call an Elder Abuse Attorney

By |2019-02-13T07:20:59-07:00February 20th, 2019|

Elder abuse is a mounting concern. It can occur in the form of either negligence or intentional harm to someone age 65 or older. While there are laws in place to protect the senior members of our community, too often issues slip through the cracks because caregivers and family members don’t recognize the problem. If

Three Things to Remember in Order to Avoid an IRS Scam

By |2019-02-13T07:21:10-07:00February 13th, 2019|

Tax season is near.  This gives scammers the perfect timing to take advantage of fresh victims. These opportunists are always looking for options to scam money out of anyone. Unfortunately, seniors tend to have the highest risk of falling into their traps; they simply don’t see the deception. The National Consumers League estimates that nearly

Warning Signs of Elder Abuse

By |2019-01-27T14:20:36-07:00January 16th, 2019|

Even some of the most proactive loved ones can miss an incident of financial fraud or elder abuse involving an older family member.  It’s not only important to create systems to protect the vulnerable; it’s also essential to watch for signs of abuse. Identifying the warning signs early can help avoid bigger issues in the

Protecting Elderly Family Members at the Start of a New Year

By |2019-01-27T14:20:43-07:00January 9th, 2019|

As the new year unfolds, consider these three safeguards that can help protect your family members more effectively throughout 2019: Improve Financial Systems: Financial fraud is a serious concern, especially when the family member has large sums of money in retirement and bank accounts. Avoid the risk of financial fraud by implementing a few security

Four Steps that Decrease the Risk of Financial Fraud

By |2019-01-24T20:32:04-07:00December 12th, 2018|

There are abundant opportunities for scammers to obtain sensitive information: email, phone calls, letters, and more. Unfortunately, these criminals often target seniors because they tend to have a retirement account and are vulnerable to scams. Are you watching out adequately for your elderly family members to help them avoid the risk of financial fraud? Not

Beware of the “Free Lunch” Scam Targeting Seniors

By |2018-11-19T10:23:44-07:00November 14th, 2018|

Financial abuse continuously threatens seniors nationwide.  One of the newest scams designed to prey on vulnerable populations is the “free lunch for seniors” scam.  Here’s how it works: Seniors are invited to a free lunch event offering them “ helpful” information and education, typically about retirement and their finances. Questionnaires are used to gather information

Mandated Reporting: Sharing Information to Stop Abuse

By |2018-11-19T10:21:03-07:00October 17th, 2018|

Professionals who interact with seniors or people with disabilities might, from time to time, suspect that abuse is occurring. However, it can be challenging to know how to handle this situation. Further, how does an individual know if they fall under the category of employee or volunteer considered a Mandatory Reporter? Are You a Mandated Reporter?

The Senior Safe Act Protects Seniors

By |2018-11-06T11:44:33-07:00October 10th, 2018|

The “Senior Safe Act” was signed into law by President Trump in May of 2018. The relatively new law is part of a bigger bill that affects the way credit unions, community banks, and regional banks can report potential signs of financial fraud. It provides immunities that enable financial institutions to maintain bank privacy laws