Elder Abuse And Estate Litigation
Unfortunately, elder abuse is a big problem in California. As people age, they can become frail and dependant on others for food, housing and other necessities. If elderly people do not have someone looking out for them, they could be vulnerable to abuse from someone looking to get their hands on the estate.
If you suspect that your parent, grandparent or other loved one was the victim of elder abuse and was forced to make changes to their estate plan, contact The Cohen Law Office, P.C.
Signs Of Elder Abuse
Predators use a variety of methods to frighten or trick a senior into changing their will. The abuse can include physical beatings, sexual assault, emotional mistreatment or neglect. Financial abuse is also all too common. Signs of elder abuse include:
- Strange changes in behavior, especially if the senior is suddenly fearful or withdrawn
- A messy appearance
- Unexplained weight loss
- Suspicious cuts, bruises or broken bones
- Missing eyeglasses, dentures or hearing aids
- Unusual bank activity that the senior cannot explain
- A new “friend” who seems to have taken over your loved one’s finances
No legal document that was signed under duress or undue influence is valid under California law. If you suspect that your loved one’s estate plan is the result of elder abuse and was not his or her true wishes, you could have a case to make a legal challenge. One of our experienced attorneys will carefully investigate the evidence and do everything possible to make sure justice is served.