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June 15 is recognized as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.  It was initiated by The International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse and is recognized by the United Nations.  Elder abuse is defined as any act or neglect where there is an expectation of trust, which causes harm to an older person.  Harm can be physical or mental, but it can also be financial, especially if there is a designated trustee or power of attorney, who takes advantage of the elderly.  If you, or someone you know was, or may have been the subject of any type of financial elder abuse, you should consult with a knowledgeable securities fraud lawyer, like the lawyers at Malecki Law in New York.

Unfortunately, 60% of abusers are family members, and between 1-2 million people over the age of 65 were victims of elder abuse by someone they depended on for care.  Aside from the tangible repercussions that affect the elderly and their families, it is also greatly immoral.

A power of attorney (POA) is a common, yet important legal instrument that designates a person to oversee someone’s personal and financial affairs by acting as their agent.  POAs are common among elderly people, who become the principal of the POA, and must be of sound mind when executing the POA.  It is a way to relieve the stress of handling their affairs by themselves, or to prepare for any future debilitating disorders, such as dementia.  The agent is usually a person that the principal trusts to handle their affairs fairly, and with their best interest in mind.  If you suspect that an elderly family member was not of sound mind when executing a POA, or if there was any foul play in handling your elderly family member’s financial affairs, you should speak with an investor protection attorney, like the lawyers at Malecki Law in New York.

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