The federal government is becoming more involved in the elder law fight.
As Baby Boomers age, elder abuse is expected to increase.
Investigating and prosecuting these crimes will become a priority.
According to a recent creators.com article titled “Congress Steps Up to Control Court-Ordered Guardianships,” the federal government is taking steps to do this.
Congress passed the Elder Abuse Prevention and Prosecution Act.
What will this do?
It will give the federal government authority to prosecute and investigate conservators and court appointed guardians who victimize the elderly.
Why is this important?
Some court appointed guardians exploit those seniors placed under they care.
They have opportunity as they are given much power in the affairs of such seniors.
This includes finances, funeral arrangements, and medical matters.
The Americans Against Abusive Probate Guardianship advocacy group is pleased with the action.
What exactly will this bill do?
If the President signs the bill into law, one assistant U.S. attorney in each federal district will be assigned to lead investigations into reports of abuse.
These individuals can enlist the assistance of special federally trained FBI agents.
The Department of Justice will be mandated to set up a system for information sharing between federal prosecutors.
Attorney General Sessions would also have to designate a Depart of Justice elder justice czar to oversee these investigations.
The legislation is not perfect.
There has not yet been a means established for monitoring and registering complaints against guardians.
Even without this, it is a big step for Elder Abuse legislation.
Remember: “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” When making your financial, tax and estate plans, do not go it alone. Be sure to engage competent professional counsel.
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Reference: creators.com (October 7, 2017) “Congress Steps Up to Control Court-Ordered Guardianships”