Last Thursday, January 14, state Senator Nancy Detert pushed a bill that aims to protect the elderly residents of Florida. She presented it in front of the senate and had the legislature pass through last year. However, it did not go through the house. She presented it again in hopes of having it go through this time.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Florida has one of the highest number of elder population in the country. Seniors make up approximately one- fifth of the total residents of the state. Because of this fact, many individuals look to target these seniors and take advantage of them financially.
One of the ways elder abuse occurs is through guardianships. Guardians have the responsibility to take care of individuals who can no longer think for themselves or have the mental capacity to make their own decisions. For elders who have not had guardians appointed to them by the court, they can hire individuals who charge a fee. These guardians have the power to handle their client’s financial resources, make decisions about their health, and other things deemed necessary. Unfortunately, this gives unscrupulous people the opportunity to take advantage of the seniors.
Senator Detert’s new bill asks the Department of Elder Affairs to develop a system for monitoring the conduct of private guardians. They will also have to take actions if allegations of misconduct or abuse are reported.
At The Pittman Firm, P.A., we believe that the elderly deserve respect and dignity. They should not be taken advantage of, especially if they are incapable of making their own decisions. If your loved one was abused by their guardian, contact our Florida elder abuse attorneys. We will take the time to get to know your case and hold the abusers responsible for their actions. Call today for a free consultation!