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I have written about elder financial abuse, and I will keep writing about it until stops.
It is unfathomable to me that schemes to defraud the elderly are so pervasive. These seniors are attractive targets for financial...more
According to a recent Bloomberg report, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is considering whether it should take a role in helping Americans manage their retirement savings. CFPB Director Richard Cordray told a...more
According to media reports, CFPB Director Cordray has indicated that the Bureau is considering whether it should take on a role in helping consumers manage their retirement investments and looking at its authority in this...more
In a Ponzi scheme, the last man loses. In a Tontine, on the other hand, the last man wins, like musical chairs. Here is a link to Charles E. Rounds, Jr.’s article on the common law aspects of the Madoff Ponzi scheme: ...more
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is involved in providing financial protection against elder abuse; indeed, it is specifically tasked with that responsibility. The Bureau's Office of Older Americans is charged by the...more
Recently the folks at a local newspaper forwarded to me a letter they received from a gentleman identifying himself as “a senior citizen, over 75”. The letter was entitled “Seniors Beware.” The writer...more
The biggest challenge for unclaimed property practitioners is determining how new forms of property fit into unclaimed property laws. Recent technological and entrepreneurial innovations continue to challenge historic...more
A recent Florida 3d DCA case held that the statute of limitations on Florida fraudulent transfers begins to run when the transfer itself could be known, not when the fraudulent nature of the transfer could be known....more
On March 29, 2011, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (“FDIC”) approved a proposed rule, jointly written with the Federal Reserve Board of Governors (“FRB”),1 concerning resolution plans and credit exposure reports...more
On February 22, 2011, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) issued an advisory to assist the financial industry in reporting instances of financial exploitation of the elderly, a form of elder abuse.
In uncertain times people derive a false sense of comfort doing in business with a personal or social
contact or a member of their own religious or ethnic community. That comfort level is unfortunately