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The Touchstone Of Elder Law Is Respect For Our Senior Citizens

What is “elder abuse?” More than 35 million Americans are 65 years of age or older, and this age group is one of the fastest-growing segments of the population. California has the nation’s largest elderly population, and this elderly population will increase by 79% between 2000 and 2025. Elders are among the most vulnerable members of our society, and elders are particularly susceptible to abuse. Elder abuse occurs when an elderly person is either mistreated physically or psychologically, or defrauded financially. Those responsible for elder abuse may be long-term care providers, the elder’s own family members or friends, or other persons that provide services to the elderly.

Keeping On The Cutting Edge Of Elder Abuse Law

At the Freedman Law Firm, our attorneys keep pace with this rapidly evolving field of law. Over the years, our practice has specialized in financial elder abuse. In California, the legislature has explicitly encouraged lawyers to represent elders and their heirs, and has enacted laws that provide incentives for such representation, including mandatory attorney fees and treble damages. This statutory claim under California law is broadly defined. Financial abuse may be committed by any person, including one who is responsible for the care or custody of, or stands in a position of trust with respect to, an elder.

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If you believe that an elderly relative or loved one was taken advantage of and deprived of money or property by another family member, an unrelated person, or an organization, contact us.