Hemet Financial Elder Abuse Attorney
Elder abuse is a rampant crime that affects thousands of senior citizens in America. One of the most common types of elder abuse is financial exploitation. Seniors are often easy targets due to their trusting natures, lack of awareness regarding common scams, available savings, and mental health conditions. Attorney Joel R. Bryant is committed to helping victims of financial elder abuse in Hemet, California demand justice and compensation from perpetrators. Our law firm may be able to hold someone responsible for your elderly loved one’s losses. Learn more today by requesting a free consultation.
Why Clients Hire Us
We offer convenient meeting times and locations. We have offices in San Diego and Riverside Counties where we host free initial consultations for all new clients.
We have highly experienced elder abuse attorneys. Our lead lawyer is one of Southern California’s top litigation attorneys handling elder abuse cases.
We do not charge attorney’s fees upfront. You will only pay your Hemet financial elder abuse lawyer if he or she wins your case.
What Can an Elder Abuse Lawyer Do?
Financial abuse can be difficult to spot before it is too late, and the victim has already lost his or her life savings. With so much money and your loved one’s future on the line, trust your case to a professional. Hire an elder financial abuse attorney for assistance going up against the person or party responsible. Whether it is a friend, caregiver, nursing home staff member or financial advisor, your lawyer can bring the criminal to justice and fight for fair financial recovery for your loved one. A lawyer can protect your loved one’s rights while taking care of complicated legal processes on his or her behalf.
What Is Elder Financial Abuse?
Elder financial abuse, also called financial exploitation, refers to the misappropriation of money or assets that causes harm to a senior citizen. It can refer to the illegal or unauthorized use of a victim’s funds, such as stealing the victim’s money or taking control of investments. It can also refer to the loss of assets, such as jewelry or family heirlooms. The most common perpetrators of financial elder abuse are people close to the victim: relatives, spouses, friends and caregivers. Offenders may think they deserve some or all of the victim’s earnings. They may also be struggling with financial hardship. Strangers can also commit elder financial abuse, often through scams such as lottery fraud or home repair hoaxes.
Warning Signs of Financial Elder Abuse
Victims of financial elder abuse rarely come forward on their own. They are often embarrassed to have become victims of financial crimes or may believe that no one can help them recover the money lost. Others are unaware that someone has gained unlawful access to their accounts or savings. As the loved one of a senior citizen, warn him or her about common financial exploitation scams. Then, keep a close eye on his or her assets to look for red flags.
- Sudden and unusual bank activity
- Frequent withdrawals from ATMs
- Forged checks
- Checks written out to cash
- Loss of investments or life savings
- Changes in ownership of stocks or bonds
- Eviction notices or utilities being shut off
- Changes in wills, deeds or powers of attorney
Be careful who you leave in charge of your elderly loved one’s finances. If the appointed person is a family member, he or she could still commit financial abuse or fraud. A financial professional could also commit fraud by intentionally giving your loved one bad advice. It may be a good idea to have more than one person overseeing your loved one’s accounts and assets for better accountability. If you notice any possible signs of financial exploitation, seek help immediately.
Call Us Today for a Free Elder Abuse Consultation
Do not hesitate to speak to a trained professional about the potential financial abuse of an elderly loved one. Attorney Joel Bryant offers free and confidential case evaluations to clients in Hemet. If we believe you have a case, we can help you bring a claim against one or more parties in pursuit of financial compensation. We may be able to help your loved one get his or her life back on track. Call (877) 887-3997 or contact us today for more information.