Elder Care Attorney, Mindy Felinton offers helpful tips adult children can put in place for and review with elderly parents to protect them against becoming victims of scammers.
Delray Beach, FL. October 15, 2019: Mindy Felinton, founder of Felinton Elder Law & Estate Planning Centers, has posted a new blog on her law firm’s website entitled “Help Parents Avoid Becoming Scam Victims.” Ms. Felinton encourages adult children caring for parents to do what they can to protect them from scammers.
Felinton writes, “According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are roughly “43.5 million unpaid caregivers of adults ages 65 and older in the U.S.” That means there are a lot of adult children caring for their parents in this country.”
“As an elder care attorney,” says Felinton, “my practice is focused on helping aging adults prepare for their elder years, which means helping to securely protect their assets. Very often I work with the adult children caregivers.” According to Felinton, “Even if your parents aren’t forthcoming about wanting or needing your help with their financial affairs yet, they may desperately need your help to avoid being victimized by the unscrupulous scammers that routinely target the elderly.”
As Felinton points out, “With the holidays coming, scammers ramp up their efforts and target the elderly with a vengeance. There are things you can do to help protect your parents, especially those who are not digitally savvy.”
“First and foremost you can safeguard their phones,” Felinton states. She continues adding, “Make sure your parents have a voicemail system and make sure all of your parent’s family and friends phone numbers are entered into their cell phone or answering machine so that incoming callers’ names are displayed.” She then says, “Also emphasize the importance of not answering any calls if there is not a name they recognize on the screen.”
The entire blog can be read at https://www.felintonlaw.com/help-parents-avoid-becoming-scam-victims/
About Mindy Felinton
From a young age, Mindy wanted to be the voice that would make an impact in people’s lives. She became an attorney and has practiced law for over 30 years, so that she could fulfill her desire to help others. As a special prosecutor, Mindy defended the underdog (literally) in cases of animal abuse. As a state attorney in Florida she fought for justice. During the last 25 years, Mindy met many wonderful people who did not know their rights, did not understand the law, and did not know what options were available.
Mindy assists families with Medicaid planning to help with the cost of nursing home care and with obtaining veteran’s benefits to make the cost of care more manageable. She also prepares wills, trusts, powers of attorney, and medical directives. Mindy is passionate about educating both other professionals and the public concerning VA Aid & Attendance benefits, Medicaid benefits, and the use of trusts for the protection of assets. She shares her experience and professional knowledge through free workshops, and as a frequent lecturer at State Bar Conferences.