Elder abuse can manifest as physical harm, emotional harm, or financial exploitation (known as “elder financial abuse”). Sadly, an elder is most often abused by someone he or she knows. It is crucial for loved ones to be familiar with who the elder has in his or her life. In Oregon, over 40% of substantiated elder abuse claims stem from financial exploitation.
Please call 503-641-6262 to set up a meeting with one of our attorneys. We can help you determine whether legally actionable abuse is occurring and also help you create a plan to protect yourself or your loved-one.
Medicaid is a joint federal and state program that pays long-term care expenses for individuals who qualify. There are several benchmark tests that an individual must pass in order to qualify for help with long-term care costs through Medicaid. In order to qualify for benefits, an individual is only allowed limited income and resources. As a result, you may need to reduce your estate, or “spend down”. This is a decision that will have lasting effects and must be analyzed carefully.
A Guardianship and/or Conservatorship are options a parent, adult child, or loved one should consider in order to protect and care for an incapacitated family member or friend. Guardianships and Conservatorships are obtained through a Court process known as a Protective Proceeding. If you believe a Guardianship or Conservatorship is needed, please contact us at 503-641-6262 to schedule an appointment.
Your loved one might be at a heightened risk for falling victim to elder abuse if he or she is dependent on a caregiver or facility, has failing health or cognition, is easily confused, or is often lonely. Most victims know their abuser, so remain familiar with the people interacting with your loved one. It is a difficult process to evaluate and determine which legal steps, protections, and documents are necessary for you to have the ability and authority to care for your loved one. There are steps we can take to ensure that you have full legal authority to care for your parent and help them through this difficult period of life. Please contact us to schedule a complimentary 30-minute consultation to determine if we can help your family through this difficult time.