Elder Law & Advocacy Participates in the “Know Your Rights” Workshop
On October 29, 2012, Elder Law & Advocacy was represented by staff attorney, Bob Martin, at the “Know Your Rights” workshop. This session was held in the City Heights neighborhood of San Diego and was assembled to promote healing of residents from trauma suffered due to recent heinous criminal activity. The City of San Diego Human Relations Commission sponsored the workshop.
The purpose of the workshop was to gather knowledgeable individuals to speak to traumatized neighbors about issues that are most pressing to their community at this time.
Among the issues discussed were immigration, contact with the police, reentry, expungement of criminal records, managing the criminal justice system, fair housing, and landlord-tenant issues. Mr. Martin’s presentation focused on elder abuse. He also addressed numerous other relevant topics. In the elder abuse segment of his presentation, Mr. Martin described to the audience the different types of elder abuse, including physical abuse, emotional/psychological abuse, neglect by a caregiver, and financial elder abuse. Mr. Martin then discussed victim’s options for remedying and reporting these various types of elder abuse. Mr. Martin primarily focused on financial elder abuse due to the increasing number of seniors who are finding themselves victims of unscrupulous family members and caregivers, door to door scammers, telemarketers, and identity thieves.
Mr. Martin also addressed the importance of having estate planning documents in place. Those documents include wills, trusts, powers of attorney, and advance health care directives. Mr. Martin concluded his remarks with a brief discussion of Medi-Cal, including its programs, eligibility, and estate recovery. Elder Law & Advocacy was honored to be one of the invitees to speak at this workshop.
Bob Martin is a member of the State Bar of California. He has practiced law with Elder Law & Advocacy for over 10 years.