San Jose Attorneys Protect the Elderly from Financial Abuse
More than 100 years of combined experience serving the Bay Area
Seniors in Northern California nursing homes all too often are easy prey for people who siphon off the elders’ life savings. Some victims are unaware that they have been bilked, while others are too embarrassed to speak up. But if you suspect that your elderly parent, grandparent or other loved one has been the victim of financial abuse in the Bay Area, contact the experienced attorneys at Needham Kepner & Fish LLP.
Our elder abuse lawyers will help you recover the money your loved one has lost, along with additional damages and attorney’s fees. We are passionate about fighting for victims of physical and financial abuse of the elderly throughout the Bay Area.
California law is designed to safeguard the finances of the elderly
California’s Elder Abuse and Dependent Adult Civil Protection Act aims to protect elders from financial abuse. The law defines financial abuse as occurring when a person or business takes an elder’s money or property by fraud or by exerting undue influence over the victim. This includes transfers through a will, gift, donation or any type of agreement.
The elderly are defrauded by people they believe are their friends
Elder fraud typically occurs when a person or business earns a senior’s trust, develops a personal or business relationship, and then takes advantage of that relationship by misappropriating funds or property through false representations or other deceptive tactics. The result is that the scam artist ends up with control over the elder’s money or property. Many scams that target seniors are perpetrated by an elder’s friend, relative, business partner or other close acquaintance. This can make the fraud difficult to prove. The elder abuse attorneys at Needham Kepner & Fish LLP help clients uncover and prove the fraudulent activity.
Dishonest insurance and financial advisers target the elderly
A common type of financial abuse occurs when an insurance broker or financial adviser sells a senior an insurance policy or investment that benefits the seller, not the senior. One example is annuities that provide a return only after as long as 20 years. The dishonest sellers of these annuities convince their victims that the investment will protect the senior’s assets or will somehow help them qualify for government benefits.
Financial elder abuse lawyers serve the San Jose, Sacramento and San Francisco areas
If you suspect that a loved one is the victim of fraud, undue influence or some other type of financial abuse, you should immediately contact an experienced attorney. Our lawyers are available for weekend and evening meetings. To schedule a free initial consultation, call 1-408-956-6949 or contact Needham Kepner & Fish LLP online.