elder financial abuse

Tips for Detecting, and Preventing Financial Abuse of the Elderly

Reports of elder financial abuse continue to increase, and the elderly are particularly vulnerable to scams or to financial abuse by family members in need of money. It is hard to ascertain the exact numbers of people affected by elder abuse because studies show that elder abuse is underreported. However, one study found that financial loss from financial elder…

Britney Spears Guardianship

Britney Spears Case Puts Renewed Focus on Guardianships

Britney Spears’s legal fight to take back control over her personal and financial affairs has put a spotlight on the issue of guardianship. While full guardianship may be necessary for many individuals who are incapable of managing their own affairs due to dementia or intellectual, developmental or mental health disabilities, the Spears case underlines the…

elderly and disabled

Thousands of Elderly and Disabled SSI Recipients Accused of Owning Property That Isn’t Theirs

In December 2018, the Social Security Administration (SSA) had a nasty surprise for Laura Marshall (not her real name), a 74-year-old woman just scraping by in senior citizen housing in New York City’s Harlem neighborhood. The agency demanded that she repay more than $10,000 in benefits, claiming that she owned two properties — one in…