While it may seem natural to help an older relative, neighbor, or friend with his or her finances, you must be cautious about the help that you offer. It may be easy to write a few checks or order something online for your neighbor, but it is not without risk. If you are not careful, you could end up being accused of misappropriating funds or helping the elderly individual for your own gain. Unfortunately, accusations of financial abuse of elderly individuals have become a regular occurrence, and some of them are true.
Fortunately, by taking a few simple precautions, you can avoid being accused of misappropriating an elderly person’s funds, and still ensure that your loved one is getting the financial help that he or she needs.
If your loved one simply needs help sorting and organizing bills, or someone to advocate on his or her behalf with an insurance company, it is a relatively easy task to accomplish. However, if you are going to completely handle another’s finances, then you may want to look into getting a power of attorney that gives you the legal authority to do so.
There are many different types of abuse or neglect that can occur to residents in nursing homes, residential care facilities, and private homes, including financial abuse. The Wisconsin elder abuse lawyers of Boller & Vaughan have handled countless claims on behalf of nursing home residents who have suffered serious injuries and even death due to the negligent behavior of nursing home staff and facilities, regardless of the type of abuse or neglect involved. When a serious injury or death of a loved one occurs, we know just how devastating it can be, and how powerless you are likely to feel as a result. Allow your family to begin the healing process from this traumatic event by holding the wrongdoers responsible for your loved one’s injuries. Contact our office today and set up a free consultation with one of our experienced nursing home abuse attorneys.
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We live in Friendship, Wisconsin, and Boller & Vaughan came to our doorstep to discuss our mother’s wrongful death claim on a Saturday morning. Not only were we pleased with the large recovery, we were so thankful to have lawyers who were willing to explain to us every twist and turn along the way. It is great to know there is a law firm that will fight for the rights of elderly people all over Wisconsin.
Mr. Boller and Ms. Vaughan were incredible in working on my case and my daughter’s case. I was out of work and in the hospital with a new baby. Mr. Boller and Ms. Vaughan protected our rights and it was a pleasure to work with them. I hope never to be in another motor vehicle accident, however, if I am and I am injured, I will contact Boller & Vaughan immediately.
I was referred to Michelle through a friend. I have never had a better experience. It took a little over a year to get my settlement but the staff there stayed in constant contact and kept me in the loop. Oh, and Michelle actually got me MORE money than we discussed. I will refer anyone to this firm. Words cannot do justice the thanks that I have for Michelle and her staff (Mary especially) thank you guys so much!
After my husband died as a result of a motor vehicle accident, Boller & Vaughan spent countless hours talking with me, meeting with me in person, and making sure that I was okay. The drunk driver who hit us did not have any insurance, and we had to make a claim through our own insurance. Boller & Vaughan was fantastic at explaining the law to me and the handling of our claims.
After my son was injured in a daycare setting, Ms. Vaughan took the time to thoroughly investigate our case and my son’s injuries. Michele was approachable and had answers to our questions. Talking with her helped to relieve many of our anxieties.