TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Jul 29, 2013

When the head of one of Chattanooga’s most distinguished families admitted last week that he drained the accounts and mortgaged the home of his mentally ill sister, the event underscored a grave truth: most exploitation of the elderly and disabled occurs at the hands of those closest to them, the Times Free Press reports. Citing a 2009 study by the National Center on Elder Abuse, the paper reports that family members commit 90 percent of all elder abuse and 34 percent of financial abuse against the aged. TBA Executive Director Allan Ramsaur, interviewed for the story, talks about the association’s efforts to update state law and help judges stay informed about conservator abuse.