Florida Elder Financial Abuse Lawyers
Standing Up for Elders Who are Financially Exploited
Does your elderly loved one live in a nursing home or assisted living facility, and you’re worried they might be the victim of financial abuse there? You should act quickly to investigate the situation and get it resolved. Where do you begin, though? If you live in Florida, you should start by dialing (305) 670-2000 and connecting with the financial elder exploitation attorneys of Ford, Dean & Rotundo, P.A.
Our legal team strongly believes that all elders deserve a comfortable, safe living space. If a nursing home and its staff have been stealing from your elderly loved one, then we take it personally. Get us on the case today and seek justice and compensation tomorrow.
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What is Elder Financial Abuse?
Financial abuse or exploitation is essentially any intentional act to steal money or assets from an elder. It especially applies when this theft occurs within a nursing home or assisted living facility and by a staff member there, such as a caretaker or nurse.
Stealing from or exploiting an elder to gain access to their finances is illegal. The perpetrator of the act can face criminal charges as well as any legal action you take against them in civil court. Indeed, the evidence you use against them might come from the criminal justice system’s actions. For example, police reports can be used to secure a conviction and convince a court that the defendant owes you significant resources.
Examples of Elder Financial Abuse
Elder financial abuse can come in many forms, such as:
- Stealing from an elder’s wallet or purse.
- Convincing an elder to lend money.
- Coercing an elder to add a person to a will.
- Writing checks for the elder without them understanding why.
Warning Signs of Elder Financial Abuse
Someone who commits elder financial abuse knows exactly what they are doing and that they are committing a serious crime. To try to protect themselves from criminal charges, they will likely be subtle in their misdeeds. Oftentimes, the elders who are being exploited don’t even realize it for this reason, or because they are losing their mental acuity with old age. If you have a loved one who lives in a nursing home, it might be up to you to notice the warning signs of elder financial abuse and do something about it.
The early warning signs of financial exploitation of an elder often look like:
- Missing money with no explanation.
- Lost checkbook, especially when your elder never uses it.
- Unexplained charges on credit and debit cards.
- Sudden alterations to wills or trusts.
If you notice one of these warning signs, then you should speak with your elder right away for clarification. Try to speak with them alone, so no caretakers try to lead the conversation. You should also notify the authorities of your suspicions and speak with our firm as soon as possible.
Get Comprehensive Legal Help from Our Firm
Our elder financial abuse attorneys from Ford, Dean & Rotundo, P.A. are ready to help you with all aspects of your case, including initial investigations. Please do not hesitate to contact us the moment you think you need help. We assist clients throughout Florida, and focus our practice entirely on elder abuse cases.
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