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Action on Elderly Abuse Conference

Morag Christie, one of our Edinburgh Solicitors from the Private Client Team, attended the first annual Scottish Action on Elder Abuse Conference on Monday 13th June 2016.

The Conference was attended by delegates from the Private Sector, Public Sector and Charity Sector, with focus on Financial Abuse of the Elderly.

Elderly individuals can experience financial harm and exploitation from a number of sources including scammers, friends, neighbours, carers and family members.

An elderly person may have physical and mental disabilities, meaning they are unaware they have been abused, or they could be so heavily reliant on their abuser for care, company and support they are unwilling to report it.  It is clear that a balance must be struck between the promotion of an elderly persons’ independence, encouraging them live to in their home for as long as they wish and ensuring they are safe from harm there.

Speakers from the Police, the Office of the Public Guardian, Trading Standards Scotland and the Royal Bank of Scotland offered some advice on how financial abuse was dealt with and the importance of an integrated approach in targeting abuse effectively, whilst being the best use of public funds.

If financial abuse has taken place, it should always be reported, however, preventative tactics are undoubtedly the preferred approach.

The importance of having a well drafted Welfare and Financial Power of Attorney in place appointing the correct person is a fundamental step towards protecting the funds of an elderly person at risk of exploitation.

For further information, please contact Morag Christie.

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