Free legal help is something many people need in these tough economic times, and the practice of offering Pro Bono work is commonplace at an Alton Law office. The Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation warns that elder abuse takes many forms throughout the year. Land of Lincoln Attorney Joan Spiegel says oftentimes, it is the financial abuse they see, and in many cases, by someone close to them.
Financial exploitation is the most common form of elder abuse. Warning signs may include abrupt changes in a will, adding more names to a senior’s bank signature card, and sudden large withdrawals from a senior’s checking account.