As discussed in last week's Blog article, Financial Elder Abuse is a growing and serious problem in California. The Welfare and Institutions Code defines it as a situation in which someone:
Financial Elder Abuse claims have become increasingly common in California. Buffington Law Firm's litigation team has handled numerous cases involving allegations of Financial Elder Abuse. These claims are a growing area of law in California.
Buffington Law Firm's litigation attorneys have considerable experience in dealing with cases involving allegations of financial elder abuse. These are situations in which an elderly person, or someone with standing to represent the elderly person's interest or estate, alleges a wrongful taking of an elder's property. If a petitioner establishes a wrongful taking by the preponderance of the evidence, the claimant is entitled to enhanced remedies by recovering, in addition to actual damages, costs and reasonable attorney's fees. [See generally Cal. Welfare & Institutions Code Sections 15657.5; 15610.30 et seq.] For purposes of the statute, an "elder" is a California resident age 65 or older. [Welf. & Inst. Code Sec. 15610.27].