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Financial Abuse Claims

Unfortunately, financial abuse against the elderly and vulnerable is very common not only in this country but this a worldwide issue.

Financial abuse is usually committed by someone in a position of trust, such as an attorney under a Lasting or Enduring Power of Attorney, a carer or a court appointed deputy. It is not uncommon for the “abuser” to be a friend of family member of the victim and someone who has been trusted with access to the person’s finances and assets.

Examples of some of the most common forms of financial abuse include:

  • Misappropriation or theft of money and assets
  • Making substantial gifts of cash or other assets from the victims accounts and belongings
  • Using the victims money for personal gain
  • Taking out loans in the victim’s name
  • Failing to keep records of all income and expenses
  • Depleting the assets of the victim before their death so as to reduce the size of their estate and thereby reducing the amount of available inheritance for the beneficiaries

It is important to act quickly when financial abuse is suspected whether in the lifetime of the victim or after death so that appropriate action can be taken swiftly to trace the assets and prevent the abuser from disposing of them. It is may be necessary in these cases to apply for freezing injunctions to freeze the assets of the abuser whilst the claim is investigated fully.

CONTACT US

For assistance and advise in financial abuse claims, please contact our expert team on 01484 558058 or complete our enquiry form for further information and advice on this or any contentious probate or inheritance dispute.