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Learn About CA Elder & Financial Abuse Laws

California law grants special protections for certain populations who are considered especially vulnerable to injurious acts of deception, and economic physical abuse. Among those who are susceptible to abuse are elderly persons. Because many members of the elderly community must depend on and trust others to help ensure their well-being, they often fall victim to neglect and intentional harms.

When people suspect their loved ones have fallen victim to acts of abuse whether financial or physical, it is easy to become overwhelmed with intense emotion. However, the laws protecting the elderly population from abuse can be tricky to understand. As a result, you should consult an experienced Irvine elder abuse attorney regarding your suspicions. At Sullivan Law & Associates, our legal team has the necessary experience and understanding of California’s elder abuse laws to help determine the merits of your case and assess the nature and extent of your legal claims. From reporting requirements to litigation, we are here to help you make sure those who seek to prey on the elderly are not rewarded for their misdeeds.

Call Sullivan Law & Associates at (949) 565-2793 for effective legal counsel from an elder abuse attorney in CA.

What Constitutes Elder Abuse in California?

One of the first images to enter a person’s mind when they hear the phrase “elder abuse” is that of overworked nursing home staff neglecting the needs of their elderly patients or taking their anger and frustrations out on them through physical violence. While such incidents of elder abuse are unfortunately common, abusive conduct can come from anyone in any setting. Tragically, many of those who are guilty of committing elder abuse are other family members and those who are in a position of trust.

California’s elder abuse law is known as the Elder Abuse and Dependent Adult Civil Protection Act (EADACPA). Under the EADACPA, any person over the age of 65 is considered an “elder” and enjoys rights and legal protections. Additionally, adults between the age of 18 and 64 whose physical or mental disabilities impair their ability to conduct normal activities to the extent that they depend on the care of another person are considered “dependent adults” and are protected under the EADACPA.

Here are some aspects and information regarding elder abuse:

  • Abandonment and abduction: When an elder is deserted by their caregiver or removed without the consent of the conservator.
  • Financial abuse: The wrongful taking or use of an elder's finances or other assets.
  • Isolation: Preventing an elder from receiving visitors, phone calls, or other means of contact.
  • Mental Suffering: Inflicting fear or pain by use of threats or other forms of intimidating actions.
  • Neglect and physical abuse: The failure to assist in providing essentials such as food, clothing, personal hygiene, or safety.
  • Criminal elder abuse: The intentional infliction of pain or mental suffering upon an elder.

Consult Our Irvine Elder Abuse Attorneys for Quality Representation

Elder abuse is a serious matter that should not go unaddressed. If you suspect that one of your elderly loved ones has fallen prey to the unscrupulous acts of others, you should talk to an experienced Irvine elder abuse attorney from Sullivan Law & Associates. Our legal team has years of invaluable experience with lawsuits involving various acts of elder abuse. We can guide you through issues regarding the proper reporting, investigation, and litigation of elder abuse.

To schedule an appointment with one of our knowledgeable Irvine elder abuse lawyers about your case, call us at (949) 565-2793 or contact us online today.

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