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Safeguarding Our Seniors: How Estate Planning Can Combat Elder Abuse

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Elder Abuse is a serious problem

Elder abuse is a serious and growing issue. According to the National Center on Elder Abuse, nearly 1 in 10 adults over 60 experience abuse, neglect, or exploitation each year. This hidden crime can have devastating consequences, from financial loss to emotional trauma. I, Andrea Aston, Attorney at Law believe protecting our most vulnerable population is paramount.

One powerful tool in the fight against elder abuse is estate planning. Estate planning documents go beyond just wills and can be used to designate trusted individuals to make critical decisions on your behalf. Here's how these documents can help safeguard seniors:

  • Power of Attorney: This legal document allows you to appoint someone you trust to handle your financial affairs if you become incapacitated. This can prevent financial exploitation by ensuring your money is managed responsibly according to your wishes.

  • Healthcare Directive: A healthcare directive, also known as a living will, allows you to specify your medical care preferences if you cannot make decisions for yourself. This empowers you to protect yourself from unwanted medical procedures and ensures your wishes are respected.

  • Successor Trustees: In a living trust, you can designate a successor trustee to manage your assets if you cannot. Choosing a trusted individual helps ensure your assets are used for your benefit and according to your plan.

It's important to have an estate plan to prevent elder abuse

Estate planning also helps identify potential red flags. I can assess your situation during the planning process and discuss potential vulnerabilities with you. This can empower you to take further action if necessary.

Remember, elder abuse can be perpetrated by anyone, including family members, caregivers, or even strangers. Taking proactive steps with estate planning can significantly reduce the risk of financial exploitation and ensure your wishes are followed.

If you are concerned about elder abuse or simply want to learn more about protecting yourself and your loved ones, contact Andrea Aston, Attorney at Law today. I offer a free consultation to discuss your needs and create a personalized estate plan that provides peace of mind.

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