Walnut Creek Elder Law Attorney
Walnut Creek elder law attorney Aaron Feldman provides advice, representation and technical assistance in the full range of elder law matters in Contra Costa County. Contact the Feldman Law Group for help with estate planning, long-term care planning and Medicaid/Medi-Cal planning, as well as preventing or recovering from financial elder abuse. We’re here to give you the advice you need to make well-informed decisions and help in any way we can to ensure our respected elders and cherished senior citizens enjoy their golden years with the maximum in independence and quality of life and with security and peace of mind for the future.
Protection and recovery from financial elder abuse in Contra Costa County
Financial elder abuse happens every day, and it occurs closer to home than you might think. You’ve heard all about phony email scams that prey on the elderly or vulnerable: a Nigerian Prince, the Jamaican Lottery, a grandchild with an emergency in a foreign country needing a wire transfer, or some obscure inheritance. The truth, however, is that most financial elder abuse is committed by a family member or person close to the victim.
At the Feldman Law Group, we help families protect parents and loved ones who’ve been victimized. In some cases, we have been able to have transfer deeds voided because of the obvious fraud and undue influence. In other cases we have helped establish a conservatorship to protect the remaining assets and prevent further losses. There are other tools available, including restraining orders, that can protect loved ones from becoming victimized.
What are signs of financial elder abuse?
How can you tell if a loved one has fallen prey to financial elder abuse? There are warning signs. The biggest red flag is isolation. Is someone preventing you from seeing your parent? Do caregivers overreact to requests for basic information? Once an elder becomes isolated, they become even more dependent on the person causing the harm. Parents often don’t want to discuss their estate plans with their children and feel even more strongly about discussing finances. There is a fine line between trying to protect a parent and overstepping boundaries. At the same time, it is far worse to have parents lose their financial nest egg. If you suspect abuse, do not hesitate to contact the Feldman Law Group for a consultation.
What are signs of physical, mental or emotional abuse?
If your parent or another elder family member is being cared for in a nursing home or in their own home by an in-home caregiver, your loved one is susceptible to other types of abuse besides financial abuse. There are signs for physical, mental or emotional abuse as well. Common things to look for include:
- Unexplained cuts or bruises
- Symmetrical marks or welts on the wrists, ankles or upper arms
- Elder seems frightened, confused or unwilling to talk
- Mood changes
- Malnutrition or dehydration
- Caregiver won’t leave you alone with the elder
Many of these symptoms can be explained by elder abuse, but they may also be explained by the simple fact of aging and a deteriorating physical or mental condition. Proving abuse and doing something about it can be challenging, but you have help on your side from an experienced elder law attorney. If you suspect abuse for any reason, contact the Feldman Law Group in Walnut Creek to discuss next steps.
Attorney Aaron Feldman is Here for Your Elder Law Issues in Walnut Creek & Contra Costa County
For help with any and all elder law matters in Contra Costa County, call on the Feldman Law Group in Walnut Creek at 925-283-6691 for advice and assistance from a caring and compassionate California elder law attorney.