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SOURCE Hackard Law
SACRAMENTO, Calif., June 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Northern California communities overwhelmingly support programs to prevent financial elder abuse and to punish those responsible for this offense.
California law provides clear civil and criminal remedies to enforce the rule that financial elder abusers must be responsible for all the harms and losses that they cause.
Prosecutors enforce criminal elder abuse laws against abusers committing theft, embezzlement, forgery or fraud against an elder (a person 65 years and older).
Civil attorneys enforce civil statutes holding elder abusers financially responsible for assisting in or taking, hiding or retaining the real or personal property of an elder or an elder's estate. These civil statutes apply to those acting with fraudulent intent as well as those using undue influence against the elder.
Hackard Law attorneys regularly apply these civil statutes to real life circumstances. Financial elder abuse cases invariably involve lying. Lying destroys trust – trust that is essential to the safety of our neighborhoods and communities.
Elder abusers lie to defraud elders of their property. Common among the lies are promises of extraordinary investment returns, protection against other relatives, commitment to lifetime caring, and induced paranoia of the motives of longtime friends and family members.
While the death of an elder removes the main witness to an abuser's lie, there are many other "witnesses." Bank accounts, the testimony of neighbors, friends and family members, and the discovery of hidden documents shed light on the elder abuser's deceptions.
The family victims of elder abusers move from disbelief to outrage in their discovery of financial elder abuse. This outrage is fueled by the lies of the wrongdoers.
Litigation against financial elder abusers is focused. Claims for the victim's harms and losses include the value of what was taken, attorneys' fees, and punitive damages to punish past misconduct and to deter future misconduct.
Trial of these cases is often focused – we "try the lie." Financial elder abusers spin stories rife with lies – lies often transparent, easily disproven and ultimately providing cause to impose significant damages against the abuser.
About Hackard Law, a Professional Law Corporation: Michael A. Hackard is the principal attorney of Hackard Law, a Sacramento-area law firm suing wrongdoers in wrongful death, catastrophic injury and financial elder abuse litigation. For information, please visit:
Michael A. Hackard
10630 Mather Blvd.
Mather, Sacramento County, CA 95655
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