Financial Abuse Protection
DANGERS OF GUARDIANSHIP AND FAMILY FEUDS
Across the globe, data shows that much of the financial abuse older adults suffer is carried out by a loved one or friend. A recent New York Times piece reported on Government Accountability Office research which found that guardianship proceedings across the United States are rife with exploitation victimizing older, vulnerable adults. State courts will typically appoint guardians or conservators to support those who are most vulnerable, but all too often the judicial system is used to commit financial abuse against the alleged incapacitated person requiring protection. A recent Forbes article points out that non-abusing caregivers often end up paying, on average, $36,000 to help their loved one recover from abuse. How can one avoid the pitfalls of guardianship and potential family feuds? Setting up a monitoring protocol that involves more than one trustworthy relative and/or professional is one way to start.