VANCOUVER BC ELDER ABUSE LAWYERS
Our top-rated Vancouver BC Elder Abuse Lawyers know Vancouver and BC Power of attorney and other elder abuse is rising at an alarming rate. BC elder abuse, both physical and financial, often occurs behind closed doors and in secret. Without early intervention and ongoing vigilance, BC elder abuse can lead to the elderly victim being stripped of their income and assets at a time when they most need them to maintain the lifestyle they worked so hard for.
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is June 15 each year.
MacLean Estate Litigation’s Vancouver BC elder abuse lawyers have 6 offices across BC in Vancouver, Surrey, Richmond, Kelowna and Fort St John/Dawson Creek BC.
Our BC Elder Abuse lawyers tell our clients who are concerned that a loved one is suffering from BC elder abuse that The World Health Organization says BC elder abuse is a violation of basic human rights:
Elder abuse can be defined as “a single, or repeated act, or lack of appropriate action, occurring within any relationship where there is an expectation of trust which causes harm or distress to an older person.” Elder abuse can take various forms such as financial, physical, psychological and sexual. It can also be the result of intentional or unintentional neglect.
The stakes for misappropriation of funds are even higher in high net worth state litigation disputes. Hiring a lawyer with a proven winning track record and who is familiar with these high net worth cases is important.
Based on available evidence, WHO estimates that 15.7% of people 60 years and older are subjected to abuse. These prevalence rates are likely to be underestimates as many cases of elder abuse are not reported. Globally the numbers of people affected are predicted to increase as many countries are experiencing rapidly aging populations.
Elder abuse has serious consequences for individuals and society including serious physical injuries and long-term psychological consequences, increased risk of nursing home placement, use of emergency services, hospitalization and death.
BC ELDER ABUSE LAWYERS 1-877-602-9900 TOLL-FREE ACROSS NORTH AMERICA
Our BC elder abuse lawyers warn that financial abuse of the elderly is even more prevalent than physical abuse. If your loved one has suffered financial abuse, obtain legal guidance immediately from Lorne N. MacLean, QC or Nick Davies.
BC elder abuse for financial gain often occurs through the violation of a trusting family relationship through fraud, deceit, and mental and emotional manipulation. Sometimes a family member dips into the elderly victim’s bank accounts with an intention to pay it back and then never does and sometimes the theft is more blatant and sinister and part of a long term plan to transfer wealth by the fraudster for their own gain.
Our BC elder abuse lawyers warn that ensuring someone trustworthy is placed in charge of the person and estate of a senior with diminishing capacity is crucial. Maintaining frequent contact with a potential elderly victim and talking to them weekly if not daily about any concerns over financial and physical safety is important.
If you suspect a loved one is being taken advantage of, contact a lawyer immediately to request that you or another trusted loved one is put in charge of the finances and health decisions of the elderly potential victim.
Maclean Estate Litigation elder abuse lawyers will file BC civil actions against such elder abuse financial predators to help you recover missing income and assets for elderly loved ones who can’t protect themselves.
Elder abuse can occur when moneys or lands are removed from the victim’s accounts or wrongfully transferred while they were alive but it can also occur when the elderly victim is bullied or tricked into changing a Will to give up a bequest they never freely wanted to gift.
Our BC elder abuse lawyers will commence BC court action promptly to appoint people the elder can trust with their money and to track, freeze and recover missing income and assets. Our BC elder abuse lawyers will help you hold elder abuse predators accountable and punish them with damage awards and special costs. Most importantly our BC elder abuse lawyers will help you stop the theft of a loved one’s precious financial resources and help them recover income and assets that have been wrongfully obtained by the scam artists so they can live the life they worked so hard to maintain.
The BC Government has made it clear: “Elder abuse in any form is wrong. Unfortunately, some seniors suffer from abuse and neglect, sometimes from caregivers or family members.” Elder abuse can also take many forms, including financial manipulation, which the Government of Canada indicates is “the most common form of Elder Abuse.” (The Government of Canada also states that: “Financial abuse can happen at any time, but it will often start after a health crisis or after the death of a spouse, partner or close friend. People who are alone, lonely or in poor health are more vulnerable. They may find it harder to protect themselves from demands for money or other forms of financial abuse, or from physical and emotional abuse, which may occur at the same time.” [Emphasis added]
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Call our BC Elder Abuse lawyers today toll free at 1-877-602-9900 or request a consultation if you are concerned about Elder Abuse. We are here to help.