Shielding Seniors I

Recently in the American Bar Association (ABA) Journal December 2017 Report, from their Government Affairs section, appeared an article published by Rhonda McMillion regarding a new law championed by the ABA that fights elder abuse and exploitation. It discussed how members of Congress came together in the fall to pass a law that strongly enhances the federal government’s response to these abuses.

In October of this year, President Donald Trump passed the Elder Abuse Prevention and Prosecution Act of 2017 which requires legislation on several different levels:

  • Designation of at least one U.S. Attorney in every federal judicial district that will prosecute or assist with elder abuse cases.
  • Comprehensive training program on the investigation and prosecution of elder abuse.
  • Appointment of an elder justice coordinator within the Department of Justice and the Federal trade Commission’s Bureau of Consumer Protection.
  • Improved data collection and coordination.
  • Enhanced criminal penalties for telemarketing and email marketing fraud directed at seniors.

This new legislation will also enhance victim assistance to survivors of elder abuse. To learn more about what the signs of elder abuse look like please read our next blog.

At Elder Law of Omaha, we focus on the increasingly important and complex area known as Elder Law. Our firm has a proud tradition of forming lasting relationships with our clients. We understand the issues that the elderly face and can advise you on specific issues that many people fail to consider, and ensure that your final plan addresses all of your needs. Give us a call to setup your complimentary 30-minute consultation at 402.614.6400.