New Laws to Protect the Elderly

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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, September 27, 2006

The package of bills signed by the Governor is aimed at a small group of professional conservators who oversee financial and living arrangements for the elderly or dependent adults.  An L.A. Times series documented abuses, that included bleeding some clients dry of their savings.  One measure by Sacramento Assemblyman Dave Jones establishes uniform standards for conservators and will require more court oversight.  

“Under current law the courts only review conservatorship cases every two years, a lot of damage can be done in two years time.. this bill requires annual reviews.” 

Another measure will require professional conservators to be licensed.

Jones estimates there are around 12-to13-hundred professional conservators.