Hybrid Senior, Elder and Retirement Financial Abuse and Exploitation Arbitration, Litigation and Probate Estate Attorney, Russell L. Forkey, Esq.

Hybrid financial exploitation.

 It has been determined that a relatively unrecognized situation, referred to as hybrid financial exploitation, arises when financial exploitation co-occurs with physical abuse and/or neglect.  These cases typically involve financially dependent family members, particularly adult offspring, who have been cared for by the elderly person for years , if not decades.  The abuse suffered by these elderly victims is frequently longstanding.  Over time, however, as the elderly person’s health declines and the elderly person becomes more socially isolated, often as the result of the death of a spouse, the elderly person increasingly becomes more dependent on another family member for care, resulting in a mutual dependency, albeit with each member of the dyad experiencing a different type of dependency.  Although sharing some features in common with physical abuse and neglect, hybrid financial exploitation cases are unique in many ways and tend to result in worse outcomes for elderly victims than result from other forms of elder maltreatment.  These outcomes may be attributable to the additional stress associated with the financial loss that is experienced.

As we have indicated on numerous occasions, the first line of defense in identifying such hybrid financial abuse and exploitation are other family members, friends and professionals such as healthcare providers, social workers, doctors, nurses, certified public accountants, financial planners, bank employees and the like.

If you are aware of such hybrid financial abuse and exploitation, please consider that if you don’t help who will.

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