Each year hundreds of thousands of older persons are abused, neglected and/or exploited by family members and others. Many victims are people who are older, frail, and vulnerable and cannot help themselves and depend on others to meet their most basic needs. Many of the perpetrators of these abuses are unfortunately those with the closest relation or access to be situated in a position of trust to the elder: Family Members, Guardians, Medical or Healthcare workers, or so-called Professionals like a Trustee, Conservator, or Personal Representative of the Estates of one elder spouse who are supposed to protect the interests of the surviving elder spouse.
All our attorneys serve on the panel of counsel carefully screened and selected to represent clients of the Maine Legal Services for the Elderly (LSE) agency. Through the years we have represented LSE clients in difficult situations involving dementia lost memory and Alzheimer's disease, financial abuse, property boundary problems and complicated financial and will-execution issues that arose in the probate of an elderly person's estate. In each case, we feel a tremendous sense of pride and good-will in advancing, advocating and addressing the wrongs to which the elderly sometimes fall prey.
Elder abuse is an umbrella term used to describe one or more of the following:
- Physical abuse, physical pain or injury.
- Sexual abuse, e.g., non-consensual sexual contact of any kind.
- Emotional or psychological mental anguish, e.g., humiliation, intimidation, or threats.
- Financial or material exploitation, e.g., using the resources of an older person, without his/her consent, for someone else's benefit.
- Neglect or failure of a caretaker to provide goods or services necessary to avoid physical harm, mental anguish or mental illness, e.g., abandonment, denial of food or health related services.
If you are a relative, true professional or a concerned friend of an elderly person you believe is suffering from any form of these abuses anywhere, we'd like to hear from you. Contact us online or call us at 207.947-4LAW (4529) to set up a FREE consultation.