Patti's Comments: Well done Kate and Elder Law of Michigan!
Excerpt from the Lansing State Journal: (click for entire article)
Citing an increase in abuse of senior citizens, state House Democrats unveiled legislation Monday to increases penalties for those who financially exploit vulnerable adults.
"Elderly abuse is a reprehensible act," said state. Rep. Mark Meadows, D-East Lansing, lead sponsor of the legislation. "We want to bring a spotlight to it."
The legislation would increase penalties for financially exploiting vulnerable adults, who in most cases are seniors, making it punishable by up to 15 years in prison and a $15,000 fine, or three times the value of stolen property, whichever is greater.
It also prohibits perpetrators from inheriting from the victim's estate.
The bill, which has yet to be voted on by the House, is designed to address what authorities say is a rise in those who exploit or steal from elderly family members. The crime has increased, officials say, as financial pressures in households have risen in the faltering state economy.