Legal Issues Related to Elder Abuse: Guides for Law Enforcement

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Overview

Pocket 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.

Desk Guide. Provides more information about Pocket Guide topics, as well as additional resources including:

  • tips for communicating with older individuals,
  • the differences between civil and criminal courts, and
  • entities that may be involved with elder abuse victims or perpetrators.

Desk Guide Template. Provides a template for state-specific adaptation of the Desk Guide.

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Download a convenient searchable pdf to have all the Pocket Guide information available on your computer or mobile device. Printer-friendly versions also are available.

 

Complete this order form to download and print the pdf.

 

Your contact data is required, but will be used solely to invite you to submit an anonymous evaluation of the Guide in a few months.

 

 

 

 

Download a pdf of the Desk Guide to use as a reference and training tool and as handout materials at trainings. 

 

Complete this order form to download and print the pdf. 

 

Your contact data is required, but will be used solely to invite you to submit an anonymous evaluation of the Desk Guide in a few months.

 

 

 

 

The Desk Guide Template is highlighted to indicate areas where changes likely will be needed if you wish to adapt the desk guide for your state. 

 

Complete this order form to download the template. 

 

Your contact data is required, but will be used solely to invite you to submit an anonymous evaluation of the Desk Guide Template in a few months.

 

 

 

This pocket-sized, spiral-bound, tabbed print resource is no longer available.

The Guides provide information on a variety of important topics:

 

Background Information

  • Types of Elder Abuse
  • Abusers & Risk Factors
  • Consent, Capacity, & Undue Influence
  • Adult Protective Services & Mandatory Reporting
  • Considerations for Community Corrections

 

Legal Documents and Tools

  • Deeds & Life Estates
  • Guardians/Conservators
  • Health Care Advance Directives
  • Joint Owners/Joint Accounts
  • Medicaid Planning
  • Nursing Homes & Assisted Living
  • Powers of Attorney
  • Representative Payees & VA Fiduciaries
  • Reverse Mortgages
  • Trusts
  • Wills

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Flyer

If you would like to share information about the Guides with colleagues, please use our flyer. It provides an overview of the Guides’ content and indicates how to obtain them. The flyer is available for download.

 

Questions

If you have questions about the Pocket Guide or the Desk Guide, please contact the Commission at aging@americanbar.org or 202-662-8690.