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Naming a Trusted Contact Person

Posted by Nina Whitehurst | Oct 15, 2019 | 0 Comments

In 2018, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) enacted a new rule designed to help protect senior investors. Under this rule, financial advisors are required to make reasonable efforts to obtain the name of and contact information for a "trusted contact person" upon opening a new account or when updating account information for existing clients.

Getting Paid as a Family Caregiver Through Medicaid

Posted by Nina Whitehurst | May 09, 2019 | 0 Comments

Caring for an ailing family member is difficult work, but it doesn't necessarily have to be unpaid work. There are programs available that allow Medicaid recipients to hire family members as caregivers.  All 50 states have programs that provide pay to family caregivers. The programs vary by st...

Abused Elder Strikes Back

Posted by Nina Whitehurst | Apr 15, 2019 | 0 Comments

Under California law, any person age 65 or older has standing to petition for a restraining order against an individual alleged to have engaged in abusive conduct, even if there is no special relationship between the alleged abuser and victim, such as a caretaking or custodial relationship.

Deferring Taxes Can Backfire on Heirs

Posted by Nina Whitehurst | Jul 17, 2018 | 0 Comments

Massachusetts moves to make home ownership easier for elderly. However, the program can create a problem. To avoid the problem of its elderly residents keeping up with tax payments, Massachusetts created a program that lets seniors defer property taxes, until after they pass away. The taxes ...

Agencies Plan Webcast on Financial Abuse of Elderly

Posted by Nina Whitehurst | Jun 18, 2018 | 0 Comments

The government continues its campaign to fight the financial abuse of the elderly in U.S. with a joint webcast by federal agencies. The government has increased its efforts in recent years to combat the financial abuse of the growing elderly population in the U.S. Despite these efforts, many...

States Try to Protect Elderly from Abuse

Posted by Nina Whitehurst | May 07, 2018 | 0 Comments

Pennsylvania considers barring felons from obtaining guardianship of an elderly person. Many states have guardianship laws that sometimes prove to be ineffective in protecting the elderly from abuse.  Therefore, state legislatures are looking closely at guardianship laws, according to the Re...

Putting a Quick End to Elder Abuse

Posted by Nina Whitehurst | Apr 10, 2018 | 0 Comments

New Hampshire may put elder abuse cases on the fast track. While suspected elder abuse is being investigated and going through the legal system, the abuse can continue.  However, some New Hampshire legislators are working on solving the problem, according to Seacoast Online in "House bill wo...

Scams Continue to Work against Elderly

Posted by Nina Whitehurst | Mar 13, 2018 | 0 Comments

New scams continue to increase, as well as old scams. Among the most common scams aimed at the elderly, involve their grandchildren or the IRS, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune in "As senior population grows, so do scams targeting their money."

Wisconsin Allows Recordings to Protect the Elderly

Posted by Nina Whitehurst | Feb 27, 2018 | 0 Comments

Law enforcement and family members can work together to prove elder abuse. The state of Wisconsin has initiated a program to help law enforcement and family members prove that elder abuse or neglect is occurring, according to WBAY in, "Wisconsin allowing hidden cameras to capture elder abuse...

Protecting the Elderly from Scams

Posted by Nina Whitehurst | Feb 05, 2018 | 0 Comments

As the elderly population grows, so does the number of scammers targeting them. There are all sorts of scams that target the elderly, ranging from large ones meant to make millions to very small scams meant to cheat an elderly person out of a few hundred dollars.

Lawyer Sentenced to 16 to 40 Years

Posted by Nina Whitehurst | Jan 11, 2018 | 0 Comments

Some attorneys take advantage of their elderly clients. One of those who did so, will serve 16 to 40 years in prison. There is a popular image of attorneys as shifty liars who will do or say anything. It is not an accurate portrayal of most lawyers.

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