Financial Elder Abuse Attorney in Charleston, WV
When loved ones move into a nursing home, receive home care, or commit to any long-term care, they put a significant amount of trust into the staff and other professionals taking care of them. Unfortunately, some people take advantage of an elder’s property and/or mental state by stealing from them or inflicting substantial financial abuse.
If you believe that your loved ones are being victimized over their finances, you need to contact a financial elder abuse attorney in Charleston, WV immediately.
What is Financial Elder Abuse
Financial elder abuse takes a much different form than physical, sexual, or emotional abuse. It is unfortunate, but some elders may not even realize that a form of financial abuse is occurring. In essence, financial abuse is a form of exploitation where the perpetrator uses the elder’s checkbook, steals valuable items, withdraws money from bank accounts, or takes advantage of an elder’s finances in any way.
Some other actions constituting financial elder abuse can include, but isn’t limited to:
- Forging a signature for a financial gain
- Getting an elder to sign over a deed, will, or power of attorney through deception, coercion, or undue influence
- Using deception to gain the victim’s confidence
- Committing fraud or deceptive acts
- And many others…
Signs of Financial Elder Abuse
Financial abuse is one of the more slippery types of crimes as a “sign” is not immediately apparent. Because of the nature of this crime, some victims of financial elder abuse may not even know that they’re being deceived or taking part in another’s fraudulent activities. As such, it may be up to the family, friends, or other loved ones to spot financial abuse and take the appropriate steps to get help.
Keep in mind that no single indicator should be taken as conclusive proof, but it is important to document absolutely everything so that you and your attorney can build a strong case against the perpetrator. Some indicators to look out for can include:
- Unpaid bills, eviction notices, or notices to discontinue utilities
- Bank statements or other financial materials no longer arriving in the victim’s mail or home
- Unexplained withdrawals or transfers
- New “best friends”
- Legal documents that the elder didn’t understand when signing them
- Belongings and/or property missing
To Protect Your Loved Ones, Contact the Love Law Firm Today
Any implausible or unexplainable financial action can be a strong indicator of financial abuse. With decades of experience helping numerous families fight against financial abuse, Charles M. Love of the Love Law Firm is confident that he can help protect your loved ones from fraud, while helping them receive compensation for the damages they endured. At the first signs of financial abuse, make sure to contact the Love Law Firm immediately. We will begin setting up a case and investigating the circumstances around the suspected abuse.
Call us today (304) 344 5683 for a free consultation. Contingency fees may be available as well.