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Senior Scam Update – Stimulus Payments

Last week, the FTC announced 18,235 reports of scams associated with Covid-19 since January 1, 2020. People have already been scammed out of over $13 million. The IRS began issuing stimulus payments to individuals due to the economic strain of the Coronavirus pandemic last week. Most seniors will not need to take any action to receive payment. Persons who receive Social Security benefits, VA benefits, SSDI, Railroad Retirement Benefits, and SSI will receive the payment automatically. If a beneficiary needs to claim a minor below 17 years of age, however, they will need to separately request the $500 dependent credit. The IRS website allows certain individuals to check on the status of payment, or submit updated information (like new bank account information). The only place any information should be entered is on the actual IRS website: payments. The IRS is trying to get payments out to everyone eligible. Do not fall for scams that promise to help you get faster payment. Do not pay anyone to help you...

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Keep Your Distance From Scams

In an effort to stop the spread of a dangerous respiratory illness called Covid-19 (coronavirus), most Californians have been staying at home more than normal in recent weeks. The coronavirus is known to be more serious in older adults, and those with underlying health issues. As a result of the pandemic, older adults have been advised to only leave their home for essential needs. Unfortunately, spending so much time at home allows seniors to be more exposed to scams. News and information continues to change rapidly, even though most are stuck at home. While it can be difficult to keep up, it is still critical for seniors to be aware of scams. Watch out for individuals or businesses who promise to help get stimulus money more quickly, or sell cures or medication to prevent or treat the virus. Scammers are also using old tricks like pretending to be a grandkid in trouble, or saying your Social Security is being terminated. Be cautious of anyone who requests personal information, and...

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News Affecting Seniors

CHANGES TO CONSERVATORSHIP LAWS WHICH MAY AFFECT YOU By Rosanna Kendrick As each new year begins in California, journalists and residents love to try and get a handle on the various new laws taking effect on January 1st (or other dates throughout the year). California’s conservatorship law saw major updates this year, which are of particular interest to members of the senior community. The California Conservatorship Jurisdiction Act (“CCJA”) [1] became operative on January 1, 2016, after being approved by the governor in September 2014.[2] A conservatorship is a court proceeding in which a conservator is appointed to care for a person who no longer is able to care for himself or herself, or no longer able to manage his or her own finances (or both).[3] While most seniors hope to avoid conservatorship, some inevitable situations arise for a small number of seniors where conservatorship becomes necessary later in life. Seniors may own property in more than one state, move to live with children in another state, or frequent...

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