Safeguarding Elders Against Financial Elder Abuse

Understanding California’s Protection Against Financial Abuse

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Welcome to James McKiernan Lawyers! Our dedicated team of elder abuse lawyers is committed to helping California residents who have fallen victim to financial elder abuse.

In this article, we will provide you with the essential information you need to know about Financial Elder Abuse in relation to  California’s welfare and institutions code (WIC), which serves as a crucial safeguard for protecting the elderly from financial exploitation.

1. What is Financial Elder Abuse?

Financial elder abuse refers to the deception of senior citizens. This is done through deceptive practices, manipulation, or undue influence in order to gain control over their finances or assets. It is a major issue  affecting hundreds of thousands of vulnerable individuals across California.

2. What is the California Welfare and Institutions Code (WIC)?

The California Welfare and Institutions Code is the main source of  protection from elder abuse  or    those who have been targeted for elder financial abuse. It offers avenues for legal recourse designed to prevent and combat these scams, providing victims with avenues for legal recourse.

3. What are the Key Provisions and Penalties of WIC Relating to Financial Elder Abuse?

  • Section 15610.27: This section defines financial elder abuse and clarifies the different ways it can happen , including fraud, embezzlement, undue influence, and identity theft. Understanding these different forms is essential for recognizing signs of abuse. It also defines an “Elder” as any person residing in California, 65 years of age or older.
  • Section 15610.30: This provision of WIC highlights the civil remedies available to financial elder abuse victims, such as getting their money back, , getting the recovery of attorney fees, and potential punitive damages.
  • Section 15657: If it’s clear that someone committed  financial elder abuse, this section makes the abuser pay even more, then what was stolen. This helps punish them and protect others from Financial Elder Abuse.

4. Reporting Financial Elder Abuse and Seeking Assistance

If you suspect that you or someone you know is a victim of financial elder abuse, it is crucial to take action promptly. Here are the steps to follow:

  • Gather Proof of Financial Elder Abuse:  Save any relevant evidence, including bank statements, signed papers you don’t understand or anything with forged signatures.
  • Report Financial Elder Abuse: Tell someone you trust such as local Adult Protective Services agency, law enforcement, or a trusted attorney to report the financial elder abuse.
  • Get legal  help for Financial Elder Abuse: Talk to an experienced elder abuse lawyer who specializes in financial elder abuse cases. They can explain your options and  help you protect your rights as a victim.

5. How Can James McKiernan Lawyers Help with Your Financial Elder Abuse Case?

At James McKiernan Lawyers, we have a proven track record of success in handling financial elder abuse cases throughout California. Our compassionate team of elder abuse lawyers are committed to fighting to get justice for  our clients. We will work tirelessly to ensure you receive the support and care you deserve.


California’s welfare and institutions code plays a critical role in protecting seniors from financial elder abuse. If you or a loved one has suffered from financial elder abuse, it is very important to seek legal advice and contact an Elder Abuse lawyer promptly. Contact James McKiernan Lawyers today to schedule a free consultation and take the first step towards obtaining the justice and compensation you deserve. Let’s win your case now. Together, we can put an end to financial abuse against the elderly in California and here on the Central Coast.

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