Offices in Ottawa and Perth
(613) 722-1500

CONTACT US (613) 722-1500

What Do I Do if I Suspect Elder Abuse?

What Do I Do if I Suspect Elder Abuse?

By:

Mann Lawyers

Posted June 15, 2021

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.

More Resources

Blog |
Estate Litigation

By: 

Posted September 20, 2022

Disputes over a will after a testator has died can result in costly and time-consuming litigation.  Testators may anticipate this conflict and try to avoid[...]
Blog |
Business Law

By: 

Posted September 6, 2022

Canada is a lush, beautiful country, and nature abounds. Canada is also a vibrant economic market and foreign companies looking to do business in Canada[...]
Blog |
Real Estate

By: 

Posted August 30, 2022

There has been much discussion on the changes in the real estate market, particularly on affordability. To save costs, many prospective buyers and sellers may[...]
Blog |
Practice Management

By: 

Posted August 23, 2022

In an earlier blog post, I discussed some practice development tips for newer lawyers.  This post continues that conversation. Not Work Life Balance – Integration[...]
Blog |
Practice Management

By: 

Posted August 15, 2022

Most seniors have an opinion on what new or newer lawyers should be considering concerning practice development.  Me too.  I don’t think there is a[...]
Blog |
Environmental Law

By: 

Posted August 8, 2022

Purchasing a property that is contaminated can be daunting.  There are many risks to consider, including significant liability risks.  In some cases, a full assessment[...]

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

"*" indicates required fields

Name*
Consent*
This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.