• Attorneys Face Difficult Ethical Challenges in Trying To Protect Clients From Financial Elder Abuse/Exploitation
  • May 1, 2017 | Authors: Barry A. Nelson; Cassandra Nelson
  • Law Firm: Nelson & Nelson, P.A. - North Miami Beach Office
  • This article was originally published in the Spring 2017 issue of ActionLine, a Florida Bar Real Property and Trust Law Section publication. The financial exploitation of elders has become an all too common phenomenon, especially considering that such exploitation is frequently perpetrated by family members, friends, caregivers, "lovers" or other trusted persons. While there are numerous warning signs of financial exploitation of elders, prevention is difficult, especially in the case of children of the elderly person who are fearful about the balance between protecting their parent and questioning their judgment. Often the elder victim defends the abuser, unwilling to acknowledge that someone they care about may be taking advantage of them; for this reason, even in states such as Florida that have statutory protections, the laws are difficult to enforce without the cooperation of the person who is the subject of abuse.