What Do I Do if I Suspect Elder Abuse?

 In Estate Litigation

In consideration of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day today I thought I would provide some resources to those who may be asking – what do I do if I suspect elder abuse?

The World Health Organization defines “elder abuse” as: A single, or repeated act, or lack of appropriate action, occurring within any relationship where there is an expectation of trust which causes harm or distress to an older person (usually 60 years or older).

Elder abuse can take many forms – physical, sexual, emotional, neglect, financial abuse, or often a combination of these forms. One of the most common forms of abuse estate litigators see is financial abuse.

Financial abuse is any theft or exploitation of an individual’s money, property or assets. Some examples include stealing, fraud, extortion or misusing a power of attorney, improper use of joint bank accounts, forgery, and transfer of real property. Often, there is a relationship of trust/dependency between the victim and the abuser such as parent and adult child.

Elder abuse is a serious issue which is projected to intensify as a large proportion of the population ages.

For more information about elder abuse, or if you are concerned that someone is a victim of elder abuse, these resources may be of assistance:

If you have questions, you may also wish to reach out to a lawyer for legal advice.

This blog post was written by Ines Jelic, a member of our Wills and Estates and Estate Litigation teams.  She can be contacted at 613-566-2055, or by email at ines.jelic@mannlawyers.com.

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