The Problem of Elderly Abuse

The ever increasing costs of long term care, inheritance tax and the rise in wealth of inheritances generally has led to an increase in instances of financial abuse of the elderly.

Very often the effects of financial abuse are felt only after the death of the elderly relative. Disappointed beneficiaries realise that somehow, significant sums that were expected to have been divided equally have gone to just one person or that accounts have been drained away to nothing. Elderly abuse can involve not only those who are vulnerable by reason of age infirmity or mental capacity but also adults of sound mind and merely moderate years. Abusers can be very plausible and very persuasive.

What can we do?

At Warren’s we have a team that is experienced in both elderly client work and litigation. The scope of our involvement includes advice to fellow professionals on how to spot and deal with possible financial abuse of elderly persons together with the task of restitution, recovery and compensation where financial abuse has led to unlawful or improper removals from the wealth of an elderly person.
There are several local agencies involved in the control of financial abuse. The police have vulnerable adult units but often involve themselves only if there is a potential or actual crime against the state (the evasion of tax or care costs).

Local authorities’ social services departments are keen to help and to intervene where necessary but have no function in the recovery of assets.

At Warren’s we fight for the return of all improperly handled monies and seek restitution by recourse to the courts if necessary but by mediation and negotiation if at all possible. We have found that, amongst family members, police involvement is neither beneficial nor palatable, but it may be necessary if circumstances suit.

What you can do about Elderly Abuse

If you are elderly and feel that you are being pressurised to do things you don’t want to; or

If you are a relation, friend, neighbour or carer and suspect that an elderly person is vulnerable to such pressures; or

If you are a disappointed beneficiary and have reason to suspect undue influence over the deceased;

Please contact us via e-mail: enquiries@warrens.co or by telephone: 01323 430430