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11/7/2011
Adam Symington
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Michigan OKs Tough New Elder Abuse Bills

The Michigan State legislature has approved a series of new bills proposed by Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker that would drastically increase the penalities for elder abuse, as well as greatly improve the reporting/monitoring resources of the state. 

Specifially, Schuitmaker's bills would create a "Silver Alert" that would act much the way an Amber Alert does. Also, Schuitmaker's bills would add felony abuse, neglect, or exploitation as crimes that would prevent an individual convicted of the offenses from recieving any inheritance from the abuse indivdual.

Another bill creates a more efficient, collaborative system of investigating elder abuse claims. Authorities from the Michigan State Police, Department of Health Services, and other agencies would have increased access to each other's files with respect to elder abuse cases.

These bills comes in the wake of a massive surge in elder abuse cases in Michigan. Governor Rick Snyder said that elder abuse is "the fastest growing crime in Michigan and current laws, quite frankly, do not do enough to protect seniors".

Even though you may think that this rise in elder abuse in Michigan is singular, the sad fact is - it isn't. Elder abuse does not happen more frequently in one state than another, it is just that more people are reporting the abuses.

In Washington State, elder abuse continues to be a very real and very frequent occurance. Unfortunately, due to the nature of the crime and the diminished mental state of the victims, these abuses largely go unreported.

If you suspect elder abuse is happening to someone you know, it is important to know who to call, what information you will need to provide, and importantly, what legal remedies are at your disposal. Many times, people convicted of elder abuse will also be subject to civil charges, apart from the criminal charges.

At Rubinstein Law Offices, we know how difficult dealing with elder abuse can be. It can be very time consuming and frustrating trying to figure out who to call and the best way to make the abuse stop. That's why we have a compassionate, knowledgable legal team who is here to help you and your family during this difficult time.

Calling one of our qualified attorneys is FREE, and can take as little as 15 minutes. We can answer most of your questions and help you and your family get the justice and the peace of mind you deserver. Call Rubinstein Law Offices in Bellevue today for a FREE consultation.

Call now at 1-800-318-0502. 

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