Is Technology the Answer?


Elders lose millions of dollars per year according the latest statistics from the National Adult Protective Services Association. Ninety percent of the abusers are family members or trusted others.  Sadly, it is also reported that only 1 in 44 cases of financial abuse are reported to the authorities.  And 1 in 10 cases are so devastating that the elder victim must turn to Medicaid because their savings are deleted.

To help vulnerable adults, several companies are now offering concierge bill pay services, and some companies also monitor bank and investment accounts and credit cards.  These companies establish a baseline from the elder’s historical spending and saving behavior so they can then identify erratic activity, like unusual withdrawals, missing deposits, and changes in spending patterns.

Elder Law attorneys can also assist victims by bringing lawsuits for civil theft on a vulnerable adult.  Florida law allows the elder victim to recover triple damages in these types of suits.

Call the Law Offices of Debra G. Simms at 386.256.4882 to learn more.

This blog post is not case-specific and is provided only for educational purposes and is not intended to provide specific legal advice. Blog topics may or may not be updated and entries may be out-of-date at the time you view them.

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