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Elder Abuse: A Situation That Can’t Be Ignored

We see a lot about elder abuse in the news and on television, mainly when a very famous or wealthy person is cared for by people who are out for their money. Unfortunately, this isn’t just a problem for the rich, as elder abuse is on the rise all over the country, including here in Washington state. When it affects someone you love, legal advice to help end the abuse and ensure your loved one’s financial and physical safety could be critical.

Our attorneys at Rehmke Andreve, PS, are here to help you deal with a dangerous situation. Backed by our nearly six decades of combined experience in elder law, we tailor our advice and legal action to your family’s specific needs. We act promptly and aggressively to secure your family member and expose elder abuse.

What Is Elder Abuse?

Abuse can be loosely defined as taking advantage of or harming the elderly (over 60 or disabled) in an emotional, physical or financial way. The guilty can be a spouse, family member, in-home caregiver, nursing home employee or anyone in a position of trust. Because the perpetrators are typically someone close to them, the elderly have difficulty reporting the abuse because they fear being left alone or unable to care for themselves.

Prosecuting these cases becomes difficult when the victims are often in a declining state of health or may suffer from dementia or memory loss. It is important to document evidence and present a clear case of abuse, not just neglect, regardless of the relation of the perpetrator. In some cases, this may result in obtaining a restraining order to protect the victim or the appointment of a guardian to watch closely over the victim’s well-being.

The Elder Abuse Lawyers Your Family Needs

We understand all the pieces to these cases and ensure that the outcome provides proper care and placement for the elderly or disabled. Our ultimate goal will always be the protection of the victims.

We also assist individuals who may be wrongfully charged with elder abuse and wish to defend the charges against them.

Take Action To Protect Your Loved One

To schedule a consultation with one of our lawyers regarding suspected elder abuse, please call Rehmke Andreve, PS, at 253-642-4541 to reach our Fircrest office. We serve clients across the Tacoma area.