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Other Professions Are Helping To Fight Elder Abuse

Not only do personal injury attorneys look out for the best interest of their elderly clients in the case of potential elder abuse, other professions do as well.  According to a recent press release by the Financial Advisor magazine, a financial advisory firm has developed a guide that assists financial advisors who are challenged by situations of both elderly clients with diminished cognitive abilities and those who may be a victim of elder financial abuse.  The guide, called “Working with Clients Displaying Diminished Capacity and Recognizing Elder Financial Abuse Guide”, is published by Securities America.  Interestingly, the guide has come about as a result of real-life situations in which financial advisors were involved in these elder abuse scenarios and were unsure of how to proceed.  The guide, which appears to be a very practical resources, has a wealth of information including signs that could suggest an elderly client’s diminished cognitive ability, as well as how to identify elder financial abuse and what steps to take afterwards.  Personal injury lawyers often litigate cases for elderly victims and their relatives in cases in which sexual, physical, financial, emotional, and/or sexual abuse has occurred.  The continued awareness of occurrences of elder abuse in America, as well as to how to recognize and prevent such instances, is critical to protect our nation’s aging population.  

In cases of elder abuse or neglect, it is very important to consult with a lawyer before making any decisions that may result in large legal and/or financial ramifications.  Attorney Doug Stoehr is a personal injury lawyer serving western and central Pennsylvania who takes cases for older Pennsylvanians who have been abused or neglected.  Often, these cases come as a result of improper care from a relative or friend, or at the hand of a nursing home or assisted living facility.  For more information on his Altoona, PA area practice, please call his office at 814-515-9074 or visit his website at  Attorney Stoehr takes cases in Blair and the seven surrounding counties.