ShuffieldLowman partner, Stephanie Cook, explains some common signs of elder abuse or exploitation. Signs can include a change in their behavior, someone overexerting themselves into their lives, bank accounts are being closed or moved, or if they become increasingly isolated. If you see the signs of elder abuse or exploitation, call the elder abuse hotline at 1-800-96-ABUSE (1-800-962-2873) or contact an elder law attorney to let you know what your options are in the legal system to protect your loved one.
When an elderly person seems to be declining or is being subject to elder exploitation, filing for guardianship is something you may want to consider. Guardianship should be filed in situations where no advance directives, such as a durable power of attorney, are in place, or where those directives have been revoked or are not working. Watch as ShuffieldLowman attorney, Stephanie Cook, explains signs of cognitive decline in elders and when you should obtain an attorney to help you file for guardianship.