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Congress passes new elder abuse bill

Texas residents who have elderly loved ones who may be i need of assistance to manage their affairs may often be worried about how they can find the right person for the job. This can be especially difficult when adult children or grandchildren do not live geographically near their relatives and they must consider hiring someone or appointing a guardian.

These concerns are not unfounded. In recent years, too many horror stories have been told about guardians who have essentially stolen from the very people they were intended to protect. These even include guardians appointed by and supposedly monitored by courts. Finally it seems that the federal government may be about to take steps to make investigating and even prosecuting these cases more possible.

Referred to as the Elder Abuse Prevention and Prosecution Act, this bill was approved by both the House of Representatives and the Senate recently. It will now go before the President for his signature. Assuming this happens, federal attorneys will be granted the ability to investigate guardianship cases in local state jurisdictions and even bring in federal agents to assist. At the prosecution end, the Department of Justice could become involved if charges are filed against a guardian. With more than one million guardianships in place in the U.S. today, this could have far-reaching implications for many families

Texans who wish to learn more about their rights and the rights of their parents, grandparents or other relatives when under guardian control may wish to talk with an experienced attorney for guidance.

Source:, "Congress Steps Up to Control Court-Ordered Guardianships," Diane Diamond, October 7, 2017

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