Power of Attorney Abuse: People Who May Be Subject
While people from all walks of life can be victims of financial abuse as a result of the use of a power of attorney, certain groups may be more susceptible. Being aware of this fact may help you to recognize that your loved one may have been a victim. When financial abuse occurs, you must act quickly. Legal action may be necessary in order to protect the assets of your loved one’s estate.
Six Groups of People Who Are Potential Victims of Power of Attorney Abuse
In order to help determine whether you should take more aggressive action in order to determine whether your loved one was taken advantage of by the power of attorney abuse, it is important to understand the groups of people who tend to be more likely to be victims of this type of abuse. These groups include the following:
- The elderly
- People who tend to be overly trusting
- People who require assistance with their finances and affairs
- The incapacitated
- People who suffer from a mental disorder or cognitive disability
- People who are facing personal circumstances that render them easily influenced or coerced.
Even if your loved one does not fall into one of these categories, if you suspect that abuse has taken place it is important to contact an experienced and knowledgeable attorney right away. The more time that passes, the higher the chances that the assets of your loved one’s estate may be irreparably damaged.
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