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IRS Phone Scams on the Rise in Houston

It is tax time again, which means IRS scams are once again on the rise here in Houston and throughout the United States.  Predictably, many of the victims of this scam are the elderly, since they are often the most…
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Look out: Medicare Changes on the Way!

Can you believe that Social Security’s 60 million-plus beneficiaries are scheduled to get a miniscule 0.2% cost-of-living adjustment next year? In addition, some Medicare recipients could be in line for some steep premium increases, according to the annual trustees reports…
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Legislation Introduced to Protect Financial Advisers from Calling in Potential Elder Abuse

The House of Representatives passed a bill recently seeking to protect elderly investors. Industry trade groups urged the Senate to "quickly follow suit," as reported by nasdaq.com in “Advisers May Get New Tools to Combat Elder Financial Abuse.” The Senior…
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Sacramento County Cracking Down on Elder Abuse

According to a recent article in the Sacramento Bee, titled “Reports of elder financial abuse surge in Sacramento County,” elder financial abuse reports jumped by 72% last year in Sacramento County, California, with greater public awareness of these crimes, more…
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New Hampshire Sets Up Special Prosecutor for the Protection of Seniors

New Hampshire will soon have a full-time lawyer to investigate and prosecute crimes against the elderly, according to a story posted on fosters.com, "NH to strengthen elder protections." The Governor's Executive Council voted to accept a $130,000 federal grant to…
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Ohio Selected as One of Ten Elder Law Task Forces

The Department of Justice announced that the Southern District of Ohio will serve as one of ten regional Elder Justice Task Forces. Those task forces join together federal, state, and local prosecutors, law enforcement, and government agencies that provide services…
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Nevada Proposes Court Reform to Protect Elderly from Predators

A Nevada Supreme Court panel took steps to propose a series of reforms that will protect vulnerable seniors from predators who claim to be their protectors. In addition, Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt announced the formation of a task force…
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Daughters of Two Late Celebrities Push for Elder Law Legislation

When Catherine Falk asked to see her ailing father, her stepmother slammed the door in her face, and when Kerri Kasem wanted to take her dying father to a hospital, her stepmother threw raw hamburger at her. These battles made…
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Arizona Steps Up to Fight Elder Abuse

Arizona statistics show that elderly adults have been the victims of abuse, neglect, and fraud in nearly 14,000 case—with the number of cases reported last year jumping 19% over the year before, according to a Cronkite News article entitled "Abuse…
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Florida Leads with Elder Abuse Guardianship Legislation

With numerous reports of abuse of incapacitated seniors by court-appointed professional guardians, the Florida House has sent a bill to the governor that would for the first time exert regulatory authority over this growing industry. According to the Palm Beach…
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