This segment of The Law and You features Eugene, Oregon personal injury trial lawyer Lara Johnson describing how caregivers can sometimes take advantage of the elderly and how Oregon has enacted a new law to combat this.
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Topic: Protecting Elders (The Law and You Final Script- Eugene, OR, 2012)
Joel: This is Joel Block for The Law and You with Eugene attorney Lara Johnson. Lara, you’re experienced with elder abuse cases. I understand new laws have gone into effect to make penalties for abuse more severe.
Lara: That is correct, Joel. For many elderly people, decisions about their finances have been largely delegated to others. Those recruited to help–whether family, friends, or others–do not always have the elderly person’s best interests in mind. Theft, forgery, extortion and identity theft against persons over 65 years old can be hidden and the elderly victim may not realize that the crime has been committed. Oregon has enacted a new law that expands the statute of limitations for these felony crimes from 3 to 6 years. People who suspect elder abuse can confidentially report it to the authorities.
Joel: Thanks, Lara. To learn more about the new laws affecting the elderly and to learn where to report abuse, go to CorsonJohnsonLaw.com. The Law and You is a community service and does not replace the advice of an attorney.