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Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Book on How to Deal with Exploitation of Older Adults

Pennsylvania Trisha E. Cowart (Visiting Assistant Clinical Professor, Penn State Law) and Katherine C. Pearson (Professor of Law, Penn State Law) recently published their book entitled A Pennsylvania Guide for Older Adults, Families, Counsel & Courts (George T. Bisel Co., Inc. Law Publishers Jan. 2011). The publisher’s description is below:

"An ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure." As the state with the third highest percentage of older adults, Pennsylvania is often the arena for financial abuse or exploitation. This timely new book presents the legal consequences of financial exploitation, both in criminal and civil terms. By focusing on the law of exploitation, this essential guide will give those who assist older adults and dependent persons, including attorneys, courts, financial advisors, banks, social workers and families, clear guidelines for prevention of financial exploitation. The step-by-step analysis of alternative remedies will be useful to legal advisors, whether in or outside of the Commonwealth, especially when pursuing a timely, full recovery.


  • What is financial exploitation?
  • How do you report financial exploitation?
  • What civil causes of action apply in an exploitation case?
  • What criminal causes of action apply in an exploitation case? 
  • How can attorneys, banks, and courts reduce the potential for exploitation?

Many Sample Forms, including Attorney General Complaint forms, sample civil pleadings, sample criminal pleadings and sample correspondence.

Special thanks to Neil E. Hendershot (Attorney at Law, Harrisburg, PA) for bringing this to my attention.


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