Elder abuse: the attorney's perspective.

Title

Elder abuse: the attorney's perspective.

Creator

Schimer M

Publisher

Clinical Gerontologist

Date

2004
2004-09

Description

Three cases have been presented for multidisciplinary consideration. This article analyzes them from the prospective of a practicing attorney. As such, it begins with a discussion of the ethical principles that govern legal practice, specifically in the area of elder law. The discussion which follows examines key points of law pertaining to elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation including key definitions; the duty of the attorney to report suspected cases; and rights of and procedural safeguards afforded to the alleged victim in a court proceeding to involuntarily enforce a protective order. The issue of guardianship also is briefly explored, as well as the requirements for involuntary confinement in a mental health facility. A consideration of how an attorney might become involved in each case and the underlying assumptions precedes an analysis of the cases set forth earlier. The final section summarizes key points of the article.

Subject

Female; Male; Ohio; Aged; Professional Role; Middle Age; Social Welfare; Legal; Liability; Gerontologic Care; Mandatory Reporting; Privacy and Confidentiality; Attorneys; Caregiver Burden; Competence (Legal); Courts; Involuntary Commitment; Legal Procedure; Self Neglect; Social Isolation; Victims; 80 and Over; Guardianship; Caregivers – Psychosocial Factors; Family – Psychosocial Factors; Elder Abuse – Legislation and Jurisprudence – Ohio

Rights

Article information provided for research and reference use only. All rights are retained by the journal listed under publisher and/or the creator(s).

Pages

55–82

Issue

1

Volume

28

Citation

Schimer M, “Elder abuse: the attorney's perspective.,” NEOMED Bibliography Database, accessed November 28, 2021, https://neomed.omeka.net/items/show/6090.

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