This March we will discuss Elder Abuse. Local attorneys Anna M. Penrose-Levig of Penrose Chun & Gorman, LLP, Pamela Simmons of Simmons & Purdy, and Assistant District Attorney William Atkinson will provide information regarding how seniors in our community can protect themselves. The presenters will address a variety of common situations including different examples of financial elder abuse and various types of fraud commonly targeting seniors. The presentation will address legal and practical tools that seniors can use to protect themselves from being victimized, as well as how they may be able to recover money and property wrongfully taken from them. William Atkinson will share information about: current types of scams being perpetrated against seniors and consumers in Santa Cruz County; how to identify and prevent falling victim to these types of scams; who to report these scams to; and tips to remember before responding to an unsolicited offer via the telephone, mail, email, or at your front door. Anna M. Penrose-Levig will share information about how seniors can protect themselves with basic estate planning tools. She will also provide information about civil law suits that can be brought to address financial elder abuse. Pamela Simmons will share information about the many different ways scammers seek to rob seniors of their savings, home equity or even just their piece of mind.
Legally Speaking is a new series intended to answers questions about the most frequent legal issues people in our community face. These community discussions, focusing on legal and financial life events, will take place at various locations throughout the county. Legally Speaking is also intended to raise awareness about legal and professional resources available through the Santa Cruz County BAR Association, the Santa Cruz County Law Library, and the Santa Cruz County Court.