Protect Yourself Against Elder Abuse!
Florida is home to many senior citizens. Unfortunately, this makes Florida a magnet for criminals who take advantage of the elderly.
Many elder abuse scams take the form of offering estate planning or financial services to vulnerable elderly adults. The scammers convince victims to pay them thousands of dollars for various types of estate planning services such as in-home personal care and companion services, and insurance policies to cover long-term care.
Earlier this year, the Florida Attorney General sued a Broward County couple who allegedly stole a quarter of a million dollars from senior citizens throughout the state of Florida by offering long-term care programs and services. The bulk of the funds were diverted to the scammers for their personal use. The Attorney General’s office is suing under “deceptive practices” laws. The case remains pending.
Proper estate planning can help protect against such abuse by ensuring there is a designated agent available to manage a vulnerable adult’s personal and financial affairs. A Durable Power of Attorney or Trust are excellent tools to manage such situations.
If you need advice on preparing such documents, call the Law Office of Debra G. Simms today at 386.256.4882
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