Scottsdale/Phoenix Elder Abuse Lawyer
Scottsdale, Arizona, Elder Manipulation
Exploitation of the elderly comes from many different sources, including strangers who run scams and friends who use coercion or emotional manipulation to take advantage of their elderly friends. Sadly, adult children are among the most frequent exploiters of elderly victims, and even spouses are occasionally found guilty of this crime.
Scottsdale/Phoenix elder abuse attorney William D. Black has more than 25 years of experience fighting for the rights of exploited senior citizens. If you believe that you have been exploited or if you have an elderly relative who appears to be incapacitated and also appears to be the victim of abuse, contact us . The Law Offices of William D. Black can help you.
Common Arizona Senior Citizen Exploitation Scenarios
While every case is different, there are a few patterns that you should watch for. Especially as people get older and start losing testamentary capacity , they are a lot more vulnerable to the different forms of exploitation:
- Abuse of power of attorney : Although power of attorney abuse is common, it can be difficult to prove in court. If you or your elderly loved one is worried that the attorney in fact under a power of attorney is abusing that authority, hire a fiduciary litigation lawyer with experience.
- Undue influence : There is cause for concern when your elderly parent or loved one changes the provisions of the will, or adds someone to it suddenly. Sometimes another close family member or neighbor can become the primary caregiver of the elderly person, emotionally manipulating the situation to gain an inheritance in the will. Also, there are more directly violent coercive forms of undue influence.
- Scam artists and common thieves: There are many scam artists and thieves who routinely target the elderly as victims. Often, after being victimized by a scam artist, an elderly parent will be embarrassed and not say anything. Pay attention to these behavioral changes and get the information so that you can help get the money back for your parent's or grandparent's estate.
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We can help you in any of these situations.
We have most of the same resources of much larger firms, while still offering the boutique, personalized service that you can get only from a smaller firm. This client-centered service is especially important in the context of elder exploitation. We know that every exploitation case is different, so we will take the time right from the start to get to know you and your particular needs.
We offer a free initial consultation, so if you are wondering about your rights in a possible elder exploitation case, you can talk to our lawyer, William D. Black, free of charge. Contact us to learn more.