Elder abuse occurs when someone has an existing relationship (or builds a relationship) with an elderly person in order to gain their trust and take advantage of them. This could be, for example:
- A real estate agent purchasing their home for less than it’s worth and without running a marketing campaign.
- A family member asking for a substantial amount of money as a loan with no intention of repayment.
- An elderly person’s next door neighbour offers to write their will will for them as a favour, and leaves something valuable to themself.
- The elderly person’s Enduring Power of Attorney misuses their privilege by taking money or property improperly.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I have a claim for compensation?
If you feel that you or an elderly person you know of has been unfairly taken advantage of, you may have a claim for compensation.
It is understandable that the person taking advantage of the elderly may be violent or vindictive, so you can be sure that whatever you tell us over the phone will be kept strictly confidential. However, if you wish to seek police intervention, we are happy to come with you to the police station whether or not you wish to proceed with making a claim.
Who can I bring the claim against?
The claim is usually brought against the person who has taken advantage of you directly.
What can I claim compensation for?
You can claim compensation for any amount of financial loss which you have suffered.
Where matters of real estate are involved, a caveat will be lodged with the Land Title Office in order to best reclaim your property rather than seek financial compensation.