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Posted by on May 6, 2019 in Carolyn Reilly, Elder Abuse |

Could it Happen to You?

Our 88 year old client was approached by 3 door – to – door salespeople about applying a special, “environmentally friendly” exterior paint to her home.  Our client explained that she had just had her home painted but they wouldn’t leave until she agreed to the work.  Feeling pressured, she signed some papers to get these 3 strangers out of her home.

The men told her PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) financing would take care of it and help her out.  The contract price was over $28,000, adding $2,800 to her property tax bill for 20 years.

Could she afford it? No!  Did she understand how PACE financing works?  No!

Maybe it could happen to you.  To protect yourself, don’t open the door to people who just show up.

Talk “through the door” before opening it because once you let them in, it can be very hard to get them out.


If you are a senior and have questions about a home improvement contract, call us for free legal assistance.  Our attorneys will review your documents.


SAN DIEGO COUNTY:  858-565-1392

IMPERIAL COUNTY:    760-353-0223


Remember, take your time before you sign.



Carolyn Reilly

Executive Director