Recognizing and Reporting Financial Elder Abuse–California’s Financial Elder Abuse Reporting Act

Recognizing and Reporting Financial Elder Abuse–California’s Financial Elder Abuse Reporting Act

Editor’s note: Christopher Walton is an attorney who specializes in elder abuse litigation.  His office is in San Diego and his website is at   He also publishes a terrific blog on a variety of elder law topics, and this post is intended to draw attention to an important topic covered in one of his posts there.


The elderly are prime targets for financial scams. Persons over the age of 50 control over 70% of the nation’s wealth. Yet senior citizens are more likely to have disabilities or impairments that make them vulnerable to manipulation and prevent them from taking action against their abusers. 

Recognizing and Reporting Financial Elder Abuse--California's Financial Elder Abuse Reporting ActSome widespread forms of financial elder abuse include:

• Identity theft
• Predatory lending
• Telemarketing fraud
• Estate planning scams
• Home improvement scams

If you know or suspect someone is the victim of financial elder abuse, an experienced California elder abuse attorney can help. Financial abuse victims are entitled to various compensatory damages under California law, including attorney’s fees and costs. Christopher Walton has successfully handled numerous elder abuse cases in San Diego and other areas of California, helping an underserved population halt the cycle of abuse. Mr. Walton is dedicated to defending the rights of elder abuse victims and ensuring they receive the compensation they deserve.

Tim Colling
Tim Colling

Tim Colling is the founder and President of A Servant's Heart In-Home Care, which provided in-home caregiving services in San Diego County, and also of A Servant's Heart Geriatric Care Management, which provided
professional geriatric care management services and long term care placement services in San Diego County. Tim has more than 30 years of experience in management in a variety of industries. He held a Certified Care Manager credential from the National Academy of Certified Care Managers. Tim is also a Certified Public Accountant (retired), and received his Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from California State University at San Diego. In addition to writing blog posts here for the Servant’s Heart blog, Tim also is a regular contributor to and to as well as blogs of other eldercare services provider companies. Finally, Tim is also the president of A Servant's Heart Web Design and Marketing, which provides home care marketing as well as website design and online marketing for those who serve the elderly and their families.

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