New Laws That Protect Elders

House Bill 2205 expanded the list of mandatory reporters of elder abuse. Under the new law, public or private official mandatory reporters include attorneys, dentists, optometrists, and chiropractors. As a result, if any of those officials come in contact with an elderly person whom the official reasonably suspects to have suffered abuse, the official is required to report the suspected abuse or have someone else report the abuse. Similarly, if the official comes in contact with a person who has abused an elderly person or older, the official must report that person, too. The new law provides an exception for attorneys. Attorneys are not required to disclose information communicated to the attorney in the course of representing a client if disclosure of the information would be detrimental to the client.