Friday, August 3, 2012

New Illinois laws aim to protect the elderly from abuse, neglect and financial exploitation

CHICAGO — New laws signed by Gov. Pat Quinn this weekend are aimed at protecting the elderly in Illinois by increasing oversight of caregivers and making it easier for authorities to respond to cases of abuse or neglect.

One of the new pieces of legislation allows prosecutors to ask a court to freeze a suspect's assets if he is charged with financial exploitation of an elderly person. That's meant to keep a defendant from spending stolen money before restitution is collected.


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New Illinois laws aim to protect the elderly from abuse, neglect and financial exploitation

4 comments:

Thelma said...

Freeze a suspect's assets - with or without prior notice?

StandUp said...

The freezing of assets under suspicion sounds good, but what if the person is innocent? And how long are the assets to be frozen?

Luis said...

My thoughts exactly.

Rudy said...

The question remains. Why are courts giving million dollar estates to guardians and conservators? All that money is not needed for the guardian to control. If a person is forced on guardianship, the person's money, all but a small amount necessary to live and pay normal bills should be available. The rest needs to be frozen immediately. Courts admit they have no way to stop guardians from dipping into senior estates, then once the damage is done there is no more money left to "freeze." The senior's money is all gone.