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Estate Planning: Guard Against Financial Fraud

Estate Planning: Guard Against Financial Fraud

Just as maintaining 100 feet of defensible space can save your house from flames, there are steps you can take to protect yourself from financial abuse.

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Elder Abuse: Hidden Epidemic

Elder Abuse: Hidden Epidemic

One in 10 older adults is a victim of elder abuse. Fear, shame and embarrassment prevent many from coming forward. Local agencies are fighting back, offering help and support for victims.

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Protecting Our Elders: Scam Alert

Protecting Our Elders: Scam Alert

Our state’s senior population will grow by 40 percent to about 8.9 million by 2020, according to the California Department of Finance’s Demographic Research Unit. This simple statistic tells me that the number of potential victims of elder abuse will

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Protecting Our Elders: Help Prevent Scams and Abuse

Protecting Our Elders: Help Prevent Scams and Abuse

By Eric Hovatter Mickey Rooney, 90, recently testified before the Senate Special Committee on Aging about abuse he suffered at the hands of his own stepson. To watch the 90-year-old actor speak was both sad, humbling, and a lesson that

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Protecting Our Elders

How can seniors know if they are potential victims of elder abuse? Here are some questions aimed at determining your vulnerability to fraud and abuse. Answer the yes-or-no questions below, keeping in mind that your answers must be very candid.

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Protecting Our Elders

The downturn in the economy has everyone worried, and as an elder abuse prosecutor I believe financial elder abuse will only increase as crooks become more desperate. In my last column I discussed an elder abuse case I prosecuted, and

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Protecting Our Elders: Preventing Abuse

Having prosecuted financial elder abuse for nearly seven years now, I can tell you that each case has a unique set of facts, problems, and ramifications. And naturally, each case involves a unique person with his or her own story.

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Protecting Our Elders: Defining Abuse

When Suzy Hopkins approached me with her plan to start a magazine dedicated to seniors in Tuolumne County I was very excited. Our county has a significant senior population with diverse experience and needs, and the magazine sounded like a

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