Elder Abuse Prevention

Recognizing and Preventing Scams Webinar

Recognizing and Preventing Scams

Millions of Americans are falling victim to scams. In this webinar our experts look at recognizing, preventing and responding to common scams.

"Recognizing and Preventing Scams" is part of the ABA's series of webinars on preventing elder abuse. In these webinars, we explore the ways financial abuse manifests, and how attorneys can educate, prevent and intervene in order to best serve their clients.

This free webinar focuses on the unique vulnerabilities of assets held in IRAs, and the heightened risk faced by seniors who have Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.

Note this is a non-CLE program.  


Deirdre Lok, Moderator
Deirdre is Assistant Director and General Counsel for The Weinberg Center for Elder Abuse Prevention at the Hebrew Home at Riverdale, NY, and is Chair of the ABA Senior Lawyer’s Division’s Elder Abuse Prevention Task Force. She is Chair of the Policy and Procedure Subcommittee of the NYS Committee on Elder Justice. She is an Adjunct Professor at Brooklyn Law School, where she co-directs the law school’s HELP (Helping Elders through Litigation and Policy) Clinic.

Dr. Yaakov Stern, Panelist
A Professor of Neuropsychology in the Departments of Neurology and Psychiatry at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, Yaakov’s research focuses on cognition in normal aging and in diseases of aging, particularly Alzheimer’s disease. Dr. Stern’s research approach includes classic neuropsychological and cognitive experimental techniques, with a strong focus on functional imaging.  He has published more than 550 peer-reviewed papers, numerous chapters, and edited a book on cognitive reserve.

Kerry Peck, Panelist
Kerry is managing partner of the Chicago law firm Peck Ritchey, LLC. He concentrates his practice in trust and estate litigation, estate planning, administration, guardianship, fiduciary litigation, and special needs and Alzheimer’s disease planning. He is the Chair of State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez’s Elder Abuse Task Force. He was retained by the City of Chicago Department of Aging to rewrite the Illinois Elder Abuse and Neglect Act. He co-wrote the book ”Alzheimer’s and the Law,” published by the ABA.

Martin B. Cowan, Panelist
Marty is Chair of the ABA Senior Lawyers Division’s Task Force on Protecting IRA Accounts. He is past chair of the Real Estate Committee of the ABA Tax Section. He has practiced in areas of taxation and bankruptcy as a member of Milbank Tweed Hadley and McCloy in New York City. He has taught tax law at NYU, Miami, Florida State and Quinnipiac Law Schools. He is the author of more than 40 published articles on taxation.

For more information on the webinar series or on the SLD's Elder Abuse Prevention Task Force, please email the chair, Deirdre Lok, at Deirdre.Lok@hebrewhome.org

Use the following links to download materials from the program:

Webinar powerpoint presentation [PDF]

The slides used in our presentation. 

Scam Alert Sign [PDF]

Information that could be easily posted in an office, including ways to protect yourself and what to do if you feel you have been scammed.  

Scams and You Brochure [PDF]

A downloadable brochure describing commonly used scams.