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NCJ Number: 248541 Add to Shopping cart Find in a Library
Title: Legal Issues Related to Elder Abuse: A Pocket Guide for Law Enforcement
Author(s): Lori A. Stiegel JD
Date Published: 2014
Page Count: 58
Sponsoring Agency: Bureau of Justice Assistance
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 2010-DJ-BX-K078
Document: PDF
Type: Guideline
Format: Document; Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This national guide provides brief explanations of legal concepts, documents, and tools that may be misused to commit elder abuse or used properly to remedy it; and issues and actions that justice system professionals should consider if they suspect elder abuse has occurred.
Abstract: Elder abuse is often used as a general term that includes physical, sexual, and psychological abuse; neglect; and financial exploitation. Elder abuse harms millions of older people each year. This easy to use guide provides brief explanations of legal concepts, documents, and tools that may be misused to commit elder abuse or used properly to remedy it; and issues and actions that justice system professionals should consider if they suspect elder abuse has occurred. Included is background information on: types of elder abuse; abusers and risk factors; adult protective services and mandatory reporting; consent, capacity, and undue influence; and considerations for community corrections officers. Legal documents and tools reviewed include: deeds and life estates; guardians/conservators; health care advance; directives; joint owners/accounts; Medicaid planning; powers of attorney; nursing homes and assisted living; representative payees and VA fiduciaries; trusts; reverse mortgages; and wills. Many of the legal concepts, documents, and tools are cross-referenced in other sections of this guide.
Main Term(s): Elder Abuse
Index Term(s): Adult Protective Services; BJA Grant-related Documents; BJA Resources; Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA); Crimes against the elderly; Elderly victims; Victim services
Note: This project was supported by Grant No. 2010-DJ-BX-K078 awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance. The Bureau of Justice Assistance is a component of the Office of Justice Programs, which also includes the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the SMART Office, and the Office for Victims of Crime. Points of view or opinions in this document are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.
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