Some examples of the matters that we can help with include:
- You or a loved one has gifted their home or money in exchange for promises of accommodation or care and the situation has broken down;
- An Attorney has misused or is misusing their powers under an Enduring Power of Attorney;
- You or a loved one is being exploited by a family member or other person, and financial and or emotional abuse is occurring;
- There is a family dispute over who should make decisions for an elderly person who has lost capacity and the elderly person is suffering as a result;
- For purposes of financial gain, a third party is trying to ingratiate themselves into the lives of a loved one, for example, by marriage.
Whether you need advice or full representation, we can help you.
“Elder abuse is a single or repeated act, or lack of appropriate action, occurring within any relationship when there is an expectation of trust which causes harm or distress to an older person.” *
In our 20 years of practice in this area, we have assisted many people who have been the victims of elder abuse or whose loved one has been victimized. Often taking action can lead to outcomes that address systematic and ongoing financial abuse – for example through removing an Attorney who has been misusing an Enduring Power of Attorney.
We know the action to take to stop the abuse and to try to recover property or money.
In many cases, a failure to stop elder abuse will lead to an elderly person facing, not only emotional distress, but a poorer quality of life in their later years.
* Definition developed in the UK in 1993 by Action on Elder Abuse/Adapted by World Health Organization and the International Network for the Prevention of Elder abuse.