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Elder Exploitation in Florida

Florida’s Elder Exploitation Law On October 1, 2014, Florida Statute 825.103, entitled “Exploitation of an elderly person or disabled adult” took effect.  This law makes it easier to prosecute people who prey on elders and the law increases penalties for crimes against elders. How does the newly revised statute define exploitation of an elderly person or disabled adult? The revised statute focuses on financial exploitation of elderly and disabled adults. It targets people who use funds, assets, or property of elderly or disabled adults with the intent to deprive them of the use of those funds, assets or property, or to benefit someone other than the elderly person or disabled adult. It also targets people who breach their fiduciary duties, misappropriate money, and fail to use an elderly person’s or disabled adult’s income and assets for the necessities required for that person’s support and maintenance.  Fiduciary duties can exist where a person, whether related or not to the elderly person, establishes a position of trust with an elderly person and then, using that position, misappropriates funds or …

Elder Law: Florida Legislature Reins in Guardians

Elder abuse can take many forms, but those forms are never open or obvious.  Incidents of financial abuse almost always begin with relatives or friends who claim to have good intentions to help elderly individuals who are in poor mental or physical condition.  The following article is a good look at the issue, and some steps the Florida legislature is taking to help avoid misconduct by court appointed guardians.  Click the link below… Legislature takes steps to rein in guardians.