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Financial Abuse and Exploitation in Pennsylvania: The Importance of Early Response and Clearer Lines for Recovery

4 Pages Posted: 14 Dec 2013  

Katherine C. Pearson

Pennsylvania State University, Dickinson Law

Date Written: December 11, 2013

Abstract

Protection of older adults from exploitation requires a careful balance. On the one hand is the concern for individual autonomy; on the other hand, there is increasing recognition of the potential for vulnerability to influence, manipulation or outright fraud. Pennsylvania is considering amendment of its Older Adult Protective Services Act. Professor Pearson's written testimony for hearings in December 2013 addresses measures to encourage early reporting of suspicions of abuse by banks and other financial instittutions. Further, to assist in early recovery, Professor Pearson recommends adoption of a private right of action under the Act to provide statutory grounds for recovery of money or other property, or appropriate injunctive relief.

Keywords: older adults, financial abuse, exploitation, older adult protective services laws, mandatory reporting, private right of action

Suggested Citation

Pearson, Katherine C., Financial Abuse and Exploitation in Pennsylvania: The Importance of Early Response and Clearer Lines for Recovery (December 11, 2013). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2366842 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2366842

Katherine Pearson (Contact Author)

Pennsylvania State University, Dickinson Law ( email )

150 South College Street
Carlisle, PA 17013
United States

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