Elder Abuse in California
We Want to Protect Your Elderly Loved Ones!
As adults age, they become less self-aware, making them more susceptible
to financial exploitation. Unfortunately, even your best efforts to protect
your loved one may be met with distrust and suspicion. The Law Offices
of James C. Shields knows how disheartening it can be to watch your elderly
family members succumb to financial abuse, but we believe our Torrance
estate planning lawyers can help. We combine decades of experience with rich legal backgrounds
for maximum success.
How Can I Prevent Financial Exploitation?
Waning mental capacities naturally cause adults to become more vulnerable
and defenseless. Supposed 'friends' of the elderly individual
have grand intentions of providing financial support, only to misuse their
bank account and hard-earned money. When family members try to intervene,
the elderly person may deny help or be unaware that a problem even exists.
In these circumstances, an emergency
conservatorship is a valuable solution. A conservator is a trusted individual who oversees
the incapacitated person's finances and ensures that they are not abused.
Benefits of a conservatorship include:
- Built-in court supervision
- Regular reports detailing financial action are submitted to the court
- Conservators are required to request permission for all major decisions
- Minimized potential for exploitation
Conservatorships prevent unauthorized individuals from gaining access to
the elder's finances and therefore greatly diminish the threat of
abuse. When the court believes that the victim's finances are in immediate
danger, they may grant an emergency conservatorship for up to 30 days.
This then allows enough time to establish a permanent conservatorship.
Our Torrance Estate Planning Lawyers Will Fight for Your Rights
Family members often choose to wait until they notice a serious problem,
at which point it may be too late. Finances can dry up quickly and the
last thing you want is for your loved one to face a hopeless future. Our
South Bay estate planning firm is prepared to act quickly one your loved
We serve clients throughout Southern California and have nearly two decades
Call the Law Offices of James C. Shields before another day passes!