Sally Brewer and Rebecca Miller Interviewed by AARP on Elder Financial Abuse
Elder care paralegal Sally Brewer and estate planning attorney Rebecca Miller were interviewed by American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) for their article, “Elder Financial Abuse: Stopping Fraud in the Family.” This articles goes into detail on how to spot signs of elder fraud and abuse, including assessing the financial threat, identifying warning signs, minimizing the risk, and reporting suspected cases.
Here is a snapshot directly from the article:
Often the person being exploited will get an inkling that something isn’t right. That’s what happened when a client of Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel, a law firm in Chattanooga, Tennessee, agreed to let a niece help with her finances but later noticed bank withdrawals that she had not authorized.
“We see that a lot when we review bank records,” says Rebecca Miller, an attorney with the firm who specializes in elder law. “Either charges that are much larger than normal or charges for things that maybe that person would not need.”
Chambliss’ Elder Law team operates as an extension of the Estate Planning group, regularly advising older Americans on retirement planning, estate and long-term care planning, and end of life planning. AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that works to empower people over the age of 50 as they choose how they live as they age.
Sally has served as a senior care professional for over 30 years. She often assists with matters related to elder law — like wills, powers of attorney, and conservatorships — as well as care coordination, placement assistance, dementia consultation, and Medicaid/Veterans benefits attainment. Rebecca uses her knowledge and expertise to give families peace of mind during some of life’s most difficult moments. She works with clients in both Tennessee and Georgia on elder law and special needs planning and care coordination, as well as solving disputes involving large estates and complicated assets.