Elder Abuse

Greed or Passive Opportunism? Financial Exploitation of the Elderly an Unfortunate Reality

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Greed or Passive Opportunism? Financial Exploitation of the Elderly an Unfortunate Reality
Posted on: October 30th, 2016
By Hallie Zobel, Esq.

Financial exploitation of the elderly is on the rise throughout our countryFrom where I sit, it’s not uncommon to find myself with a front row seat peering into the darker side of humanity. It’s hard to imagine anything more heartbreaking than litigating a probate case involving the apparent financial exploitation of an elderly citizen ...

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Planning for Incapacity and Minimizing Allegations of Undue Influence

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Planning for Incapacity and Minimizing Allegations of Undue Influence
Posted on: November 24th, 2015
By Hallie L. Zobel, Esq.

If you have an aging loved one who is beginning to show signs of cognitive impairment, National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month is the perfect time to explore whether his/her estate planning documents are in order.

Each year at this time we like to remind our “more senior clients” and their family members how critical it is to ensure that one’s legal documents are ...

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Elder Abuse & Exploitation: What to Look For

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Elder Abuse & Exploitation: What to Look For
Posted on: May 13th, 2013
By: Hallie Zobel, Esq.

Attorney David Pilcher and I spoke at the Florida Crime Prevention Training Institute on pertinent estate planning, guardianship, and elder law subjects; more specifically, elder abuse. Our goal was to educate state law enforcement on the many aspects of elder abuse.

According to the American Psychological Association, roughly 2.1 million elderly Americans become victims to abuse each year. Elderly adults may become victimized due to ...

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Undue Influence: How to Spot When Assistance crosses the Line

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Undue Influence: How to Spot When Assistance crosses the Line
Posted on: April 23rd, 2013
By: Hallie Zobel, Esq.

Everyone has influence in their life. Influence is the ability to effect someone’s character and behavior. When raising children, a parent’s influence is generally positive. Parents choose their child’s clothing, diet, social environment, residence, education and entertainment.

So, what is undue influence? This type of negative influence involves a person taking a position of power over another person. To put it into perspective, ...

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