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New Yorker Article Highlights Abuses in the Guardianship System

Serious problems with the public guardianship system in the United States can lead to elder abuse, according to an in-depth article in The New Yorker titled “How the Elderly Lose their Rights.” Court-appointed guardians can take control of an elderly person’s finances and life and become wealthy while doing so. One expert interviewed describes the guardianship system as “a morass, a...

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Florida Nursing Home Tragedy Causes Rethinking of Disaster Preparedness

The recent tragedy in which ten Florida nursing home residents died when the nursing home lost power during Hurricane Irma is causing government officials to rethink disaster planning. In response to the deaths, Florida Governor Rick Scott announced a new emergency rule, requiring nursing homes and assisted living facilities in the state to have generators capable of maintaining comfortable...

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Boulder County Elder Abuse Reports Up

As reported in the Boulder Daily Camera, the Boulder County District Attorneys Office has noted an uptick in reports of abuse and exploitation of elderly people and people with developmental disabilities. They are crediting changes in state law that requires people in certain professions to report suspected abuse, not a higher rate of the crimes. “We want to see reporting go up,”...

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10 Ways the Elderly Can Avoid Financial Abuse

Increased dependency due to illness, disability or cognitive impairments can make seniors susceptible to financial abuse. Nest eggs accumulated over decades also often make seniors attractive targets for predators, whether the predator is an offshore bogus sweepstakes or a care provider who sees an opportunity to be paid more than an hourly wage. Just as sunlight makes the best disinfectant,...

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Fighting Nursing Home Discrimination Against Medicaid Recipients

While it is illegal for a nursing home to discriminate against a Medicaid recipient, it still happens. To prevent such discrimination, nursing home residents and their families need to know their rights. The potential for discrimination arises because Medicaid pays nursing homes less than the facilities receive from residents who pay privately with their own funds and less than Medicare pays....

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What is Undue Influence?

The Meyer Law Firm has several cases involving undue influence. Under Colorado case law, undue influence is presumed when a caregiver or an agent under a power of attorney is involved in making another person’s will. These cases can be long and costly. Consult with us first before pursuing. Saying that there has been “undue influence” is often used as a reason to contest a will...

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